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A Discussion on the Iranian Nuclear Threat

November 24, 2014 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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Rayburn House Building 
Room B369  

Lunch to Be Served 
(Dietary Laws Observed)

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Dr. Michael Ledeen, Manda Zand Ervin, and Clare Lopez

The deadline for the Administration to strike a deal with the Iranian Regime on its nuclear development is quickly approaching.  In late October, President Obama reportedly sent a secret letter to Iranian leader Ali Khamenei offering cooperation against ISIS if a nuclear deal is signed by Nov. 24th. Any treaty negotiated between the U.S. and Iran will inevitably have tremendous consequences for the U.S., and the world. If the Iranian regime produces nuclear weapons, all other nations in the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S. may be in jeopardy.  

Since the first extension of the deal in July, the Iranian regime continued to develop ICBMs capable of carrying nuclear warheads; attacked a mock-up of a US aircraft carrier; failed to provide information regarding past possible military dimensions; missed deadlines to address five areas of concern outlined by the IAEA; and continued ferment aggression against the US. And Iran has reportedly been given access to at least $15B of frozen assets and up to $20B of sanctions relief since November 2013.
Will the Iranians bargain for an extension of the current interim agreement to continue developing their nuclear warheads? Will Congress be able to use its lawful right to review any final agreement with Iran? And if the President strikes a deal with the brutal, terror-sponsoring Regime, what type of value will it have? Please join us as we discuss these questions and more with a panel of national security and Iranian experts.
About the Speakers
Dr. Michael Ledeen is an internationally renowned scholar, whose ideas and insights on the workings of the Iranian government have been a critical part of the policy discussion for decades. He is a highly regarded expert on Iran’s Green Movement and maintains close ties to opposition groups inside Iran. His scholarship on Iraq, terrorism and international security have been sought after by those in and out of government and the intelligence community, the media and policy influencers.  He is a contributor to The Hill and a contributing editor at National Review Online. Previously, Dr. Ledeen served as a consultant to the National Security Council, the State Department, and the Defense Department.  He has also served as a special adviser to the Secretary of State. He holds a Ph.D. in modern European history and philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, and has taught at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Rome.  Dr. Ledeen is the author of more than 20 books. Dr. Ledeen regularly appears on cable news talk shows as well as a variety of talk radio programs as an expert contributor. He has a significant following on his blog, “Faster Please!,” hosted by PJMedia, which supports Iran’s democracy movement.  In addition, Dr. Ledeen also blogs at The Huffington Post.
Manda Zand Ervin came to United States as a political refugee on June 17th, 1980, became a citizen two years later, and began her fight for human rights in Iran. She is the founder and president of the Alliance of Iranian Women, a group which has deep connections within the Iranian diaspora and within Iran.  As the head of the Alliance of Iranian Women, Mrs. Ervin works to bring the West’s attention to the plight of Iranian women under Islamic Sharia laws.  On September of 2009 she was invited to the G-8 International Conference on Violence Against Women, at the Italian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Rome, Italy, where she was the featured speaker on Iran. She almost single-handedly gathered the support to pass a 2003 U.S. Senate Resolution on the human rights of the women of Iran. Mrs. Ervin is frequently consulted by Members of Congress considering resolutions and legislation on Iran policy and human rights.  She has testified at Congressional hearings and briefings, the Helsinki Commission, and spoke at the United Nations. In February of 2008, Mrs. Ervin was appointed by the President of the United States as the United States’ Delegate to the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women. On December 10th, 2013 she was invited to speak at the UN conference on Violence Against Women, where Mrs. Banki Moon also spoke.  Mrs. Ervin writes and is published in online political magazines, speaks on TV and radio programs, nationally and internationally, and at universities and conferences on American-Iranian relations, among other topics.
Clare M. Lopez is a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on Middle East, national defense, WMD, and counterterrorism issues. Specific areas of expertise include Islam and Iran. Lopez began her career as an operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), serving domestically and abroad for 20 years in a variety of assignments, and acquiring extensive expertise in counterintelligence, counternarcotics, and counterproliferation issues with a career regional focus on the former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans. She has served in or visited over two dozen nations worldwide, and speaks several languages, including Spanish, Bulgarian, French, German, and Russian, and currently is studying Farsi.  Now a private consultant, Lopez also serves as Vice President of the non-profit forum, The Intelligence Summit, and is a Professor at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre), where she teaches courses on the Iranian Intelligence Services, and the expanding influence of Jihad and Sharia in Europe and the U.S. She is affiliated on a consultant basis with DoD contractors that provide clandestine operations training to military intelligence personnel. Lopez was Executive Director of the Iran Policy Committee, a Washington, DC think tank, from 2005-2006. She has served as a Senior Scientific Researcher at the Battelle Memorial Institute; a Senior Intelligence Analyst, Subject Matter Expert, and Program Manager at HawkEye Systems, LLC.; and previously produced Technical Threat Assessments for U.S. Embassies at the Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, where she worked as a Senior Intelligence Analyst for Chugach Systems Integration.
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November 24, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM



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