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The Middlebury Institute will offer the opportunity at an Aug. 31 forum in Monterey to hear three leading nuclear nonproliferation experts’ assessment of the proposed multinational agreement placing constraints on Iran’s nuclear program.

A trio of renowned nuclear nonproliferation experts from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies will be joined by Congressman Sam Farr for a discussion of the recent nuclear agreement with Iran at the Institute’s downtown Monterey campus on August 31. The forum, “Assessing the Iran Nuclear Deal: A Conversation with Rep. Sam Farr and Middlebury Institute Experts,” will take place from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Irvine Auditorium at 499 Pierce Street in Monterey.

Congressman Sam Farr represents the Monterey Bay region in the U.S. Congress, serving on the House Appropriations Committee and participating frequently in congressional debates on foreign policy issues. He served in the Peace Corps in Colombia from 1964-1967.

The discussion panel will include three noted experts on nuclear nonproliferation:

  • Dr. William Potter is the Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Professor of Nonproliferation Studies and Founding Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He is the author or editor of over 20 books dealing with nonproliferation and international security.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Lewis is director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Dr. Lewis also founded and maintains the leading blog on nuclear arms control and nonproliferation,

  • Dr. Avner Cohen, widely known for his path-breaking history of the Israeli nuclear program, is a professor in the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program at the Middlebury Institute. His latest book is The Worst Kept Secret: Israel’s Bargain with the Bomb, published by Columbia University Press.

Congressman Farr will speak about the importance of the Iran deal from a Congressional perspective. Dr. Potter will provide an overview of Iran’s nuclear program and moderate a discussion by Dr. Lewis on the deal’s verification provisions and Dr. Cohen on Israeli perspectives on the deal. Dr. Jeffrey Dayton-Johnson, the Institute’s vice president for academic affairs, will introduce the evening’s speakers.

This event is free and open to the public.

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