» 2016 Conferences & Events

Conferences and events hosted by the Center for Global Education in 2016.

+ - Iran: Rising Power in the Middle East

Following the first year anniversary of the Iran Nuclear Deal, Chapman University is organizing a national conference on the topic.  “Iran:  Rising Power in the Middle East” will be held on October 13, 2016 at Chapman’s Orange County campus in Beckman Hall 404.  The event brings together policy experts and academics from around the country.

The nuclear deal, formerly called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was signed by the United States and Iran on July 14, 2015.  Under the terms of the agreement, the US gave Iran limited sanctions relief in return for that country limiting its nuclear program.  In the past twelve months, Iran has removed and placed under I.A.E.A. monitoring two thirds of its 19,000 centrifuges, ended all uranium enrichment, removed all nuclear material from its once-secret facility at Fordow, reduced its stockpile of enriched uranium from 12,000 kilograms to 300 kilograms, and filled with concrete the core of the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor. 

Problems remain with the agreement.  In the United States, it has become a subject in the presidential debates.  In Iran, people are increasingly unhappy with the economic effects of non-nuclear sanctions that remain in force.  Has the agreement been a success?

The following individuals have agreed to discuss the JCPOA at Chapman on October 13:

  • Joseph Cirincione, Ploughshares Fund 
  • Mohsen Milani, University of South Florida  
  • Majid Rafizadeh, Harvard 
  • Hooshang Amirahmadi, Rutgers, “The JCPOA and the Iranian Economy”
  • M Reza Amirkhizi, University of California-Irvine, “The JCPOA and the status of the 5+1’s commitments”
  • Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Syracuse University, “Iranian Domestic Opposition to the JCPOA”
  • Camelia Entekhabifard, NYC based journalist, “Persian Gulf countries’ objections to the JCPOA; their worries and frustrations concerning Iran’s behavior in the region.”
  • Ali Reza Nader, Rand Corporation –  “Iran’s Relations with the ‘Powers’”


This conference is free and open to the public.  Anyone seeking additional information should contact the conference sponsor, Chapman University’s Center for Global Education, at 714-997-6830.

+ - International Education Week 2017

Details coming soon!