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CSIS Presents Schieffer Series: "The Iran Wars: A discussion of US-Iran Relations"


Hosted by:

Bob Schieffer


Jay Solomon, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, the Wall Street Journal

Margaret Brennan, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, CBS News

David Sanger, National Security Correspondent, the New York Times

The TCU Bob Schieffer College of Communication and CSIS cohost a monthly series of dialogues hosted by award-winning journalist Bob Schieffer to discuss the most pressing foreign and domestic issues of the day.


The CSIS-Schieffer Series Dialogues are made possible by the generous support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. 

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Foundation for Defense of Democracies' Reception and Discussion for "The Iran Wars"

The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals That Reshaped the Middle East

A Conversation with Stuart Levey, Jay Solomon, Juan Zarate, Mark Dubowitz, and Steve Perles


The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and its Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF) hosted a reception and discussion Thursday, October 6 to mark the release of The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals That Reshaped the Middle East by Jay Solomon, chief foreign affairs correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.

The Iran Wars is the product of extensive in-depth reporting and interviews with all the key players in the conflict—from high-ranking Iranian officials to Secretary of State John Kerry and his negotiating team. FDD was pleased to host Jay in conversation with several of the book’s featured “financial warriors,” including HSBC Chief Legal Officer and former Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the U.S. Department of Treasury Stuart Levey, CSIF Chairman and former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor Juan Zarate, FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz, and senior attorney Steve Perles. The discussion focused on the players and policies that brought Iran to the negotiating table and the Islamic Republic's position in the world economy.

Download the full transcript here. 

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The Iran Wars: U.S.-Iranian Relations and the Future of the Middle East

  • SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, Garden Room (map)
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Book Launch and Panel Discussion

A year after Congress approved the U.S.-led nuclear accord with Iran, relation between Washington and Tehran remain fraught. The deal emboldened Iran’s hardline supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has accused the U.S. of failing to lift economic sanctions, ruled out cooperating in the fight against ISIS an intensified efforts for regional dominance. In the U.S., the nuclear agreement and ties with Iran are under scrutiny and pose major challenges for the next president. Asia Society Southern California is pleased to host a panel discussionfeaturing three experts on U.S.-Iran affairs. Jay Solomon, chief foreign affairs correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and author of the new book The Iran Wars, Dalia Dassa Kaye of RAND Corporation, and Iranian scholar Mahmoud Sariolghalam, will discuss the tumultuous relationship between two countries vying to influence the future of the Middle East.

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