From: Jerry Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Sun Apr 15 2007 - 19:57:23 EDT
----- Original Message ----- From: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Sunday, April 15, 2007 7:16 PM Subject: [URPE] 2007 Left Forum URPE Panel on Iran is now on URPE website inMP3 "US, IRAN AND ISRAEL: WHAT'S AHEAD?" URPE sponsored a panel at the 2007 Left Forum called "US, Iran and Israel: What's Ahead?". You can now hear mp3 recordings of the four presentations by going to the page on the "Political Economy of the Iran Crisis," found on the URPE website: <http://urpe.org/Iran_Crisis.htm> Here is a description of the panel: "US, Iran and Israel: What's Ahead?" The media tells us that Iran will soon be able to produce nuclear weapons; in response, the US and Israel have been threatening to attack Iran. Our panelists explore the political and economic forces behind this alarming standoff. Tom talks about the devastating effect of economic sanctions on Iran's economy, especially its deteriorating oil sector, suggesting that Iran's nuclear capability is a political bargaining chip in an effort to end the sanctions. The US would like to see a recovery and expansion of Iran's oil sector, but only under a "friendly" regime. Reza describes Iran's political factions and rivalries, and the ways in which some politicians might benefit politically from a limited confrontation with the US. He talks about how this would hurt Iran, and explores what can be done to improve the political situation. Evan discusses the history of Israeli/Iranian relations, which have run the gamut from extreme hostility to a mutually beneficial military/economic relationship. Speakers: Reza Ghorashi, Richard Stockton College Tom O'Donnell, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Evan Siegel, New Jersey City University Chair and Discussant: Leili Kashani, New York University Bios: Reza Ghorashi has a Ph.D. in economics from Fordham University and teaches at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. His areas of research and interest are international trade, globalization, and the Middle East, particularly Iran. He has published articles in both English and Farsi on the listed subject matters. Tom O'Donnell (Ph.D. Michigan, nuclear physics) has written and lectured widely on the global oil order, and on U.S., E.U. and Middle-East affairs. (see: http://TomOD.com) He teaches at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor at: the Center for Middle East and North African Studies (CMENAS), the Residential College, and the Michigan STS Program. He lectured on "The Global Oil System and the Middle East" at The University of Algiers in spring 2005, and teaches summers at The New School's Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA), in NYC. Dr. O'Donnell is currently writing a book on "The New Globalized Oil Order and the Middle East." He is also Associate Member of the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics (MCTP). Previously, he spent over 10 years as an industrial worker and organizer-activist in Detroit auto plants and on Chicago railways. Dr. Evan Siegel teaches math at New Jersey City University. He has a substantial record of publication and presentation of scholarly papers on Iranian and Azerbaijani history. Among his works is a study of a Palestinian response to the Iranian revolution and numerous works on the Iranian constitutional period. Leili Kashani is a Ph.D. student in the joint program in History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. She has been a student council member at The International Society for Iranian Studies, and is a senior editor at Arab Studies Journal. ************************************************* EXPLORE URPE'S WEB PAGE ON THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE IRAN CRISIS In addition to hearing this year's Left Forum panel, you can hear talks from 2006, read papers by a number of URPE members, and find lots of links. Speakers and writers featured on this page include Ervand Abrahamian, Cyrus Bina, Faramarz Farbod, Reza Ghorashi, Ismael Hossein-zadeh, Leili Kashani, Michael Klare, Fatemeh Moghadam, Kamran Nayeri, Tom O'Donnell, Hamideh Sedghi, Evan Siegel and Behzad Yaghmaian. The is also a link to the RRPE page on Sage's website -- you can look up references to articles on Iran that have been published in the "Review of Radical Political Economics," URPE's journal, over the years. If you are an URPE member you can download them free. All opinions expressed in the talks, articles and books on the web page are those of the authors and do not represent positions of URPE as an organization. There is also a great variety of opinion among the authors listed on this page.
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