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Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy

The EACC, in partnership with the Foreign Policy Leadership Council (FPLC); the Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier University; and the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council, invite you to attend Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy on Monday, June 26, 2017 from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM.

The lively discussion will cover Iran, its relationship with the West, and how the fate of the Iranian nuclear deal might impact U.S. relations with our European partners in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).  Featured guest and speaker Trita Parsi is the founder and president of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign politics, and the geopolitics of the Middle East. Parsi’s latest book - Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy focuses on President Obama’s deeply considered strategy toward Iran’s nuclear program and reveals how the historic agreement of 2015 broke the persistent stalemate in negotiations that had blocked earlier efforts. The book draws from over seventy-five in-depth interviews with key decision-makers, including Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and is the first authoritative account of President Obama’s signature foreign policy achievement. Copies of the book will be available for sale and the author will sign copies after his presentation.

Parsi was born in Iran but moved with his family at the age of four to Sweden in order to escape political repression in Iran. His father was an outspoken academic who was jailed by the Shah and then by the Ayatollah. He moved to the United States as an adult and studied foreign policy at Johns Hopkins’ School for Advanced International Studies where he received his Ph.D. He founded NIAC to provide a non-partisan, non-profit organization through which Iranian-Americans could participate in American civic life. NIAC is a vocal proponent of dialogue and engagement between the US and Iran, which Parsi consistently has argued would enhance our national security by helping to stabilize the Middle East and bolster the moderates in Iran.

The event will take place at the Schiff Conference Center, Cintas Center at Xavier University. A reception will be provided from 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM with dinner starting at 6:15 PM. The presentation and dicussion will take place from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM. 

The talk is free to attend. Please RSVP to  Dinner fees are as follows: members of the Brueggeman Center, the Foreign Policy Leadership Council, the European American Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council $30; non-members $40.

To reserve dinner, please visit On the "Events" page you will find the event flyer and instructions about how to pay, or please contact 513-651-6111 or 513-745-3922. In addition to registering and paying online, please also RSVP to or

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