U.S.-Iran Relations at a Crossroads

About the event

The Baker Institute Center for the Middle East and Center for Energy Studies co-hosted a one-day colloquium April 14 to discuss U.S.-Iran relations. The featured speaker was Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman (pictured on the home page), former under secretary of state for political affairs, who played a critical role in negotiating the Iran nuclear deal. She was joined by panels of experts addressing internal dynamics shaping U.S.-Iranian relations, the impact of those relations on the regional landscape, and Iran’s future role in international energy markets.


Watch Ambassador Sherman's keynote address below:

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Panel I
Panel II
Panel III


A slideshow of the event: 




8:30 am



Breakfast and Registration

9:15 am



Welcoming Remarks

The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian
Director, Baker Institute

9:30 am



Panel I – The Strategic Landscape

Moderator: Joe Barnes, Bonner Means Baker Fellow, Baker Institute

Philip Gordon, Ph.D. pdf-icon-sm.png
Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

F. Gregory Gause, III, Ph.D. pdf-icon-sm.png
John H. Lindsey ’44 Chair, Professor and Head, International Affairs Department, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Doha Center, Brookings Institution 

Mohsen Milani, Ph.D.pdf-icon-sm.png
Executive Director, Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies, and Professor, Politics, University of South Florida

John W. Parker, Ph.D. pdf-icon-sm.png
Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University

Question and Answer Session
 11:00 am    

Coffee Break

11:15 am    

Panel II – Internal Developments

Moderator: Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Ph.D., Fellow for the Middle East, Baker Institute

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Special Advisor for Iran and North Africa, United States Institute of Peace

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Lane-Swig Senior Fellow and Managing Director, The Washington Institute; Former Senior Director for Middle East Affairs, National Security Council

Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar, Ph.D.
Fellow for the Middle East, Baker Institute

Question and Answer Session

12:30 pm    

Shell Distinguished Lecture Series
Keynote Luncheon Address

Scott Ballard
, Vice President, Human Resources, U.S. Operations, Shell Oil Company

Featured Speaker
The Honorable Wendy R. Sherman
Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; Senior Counselor, Albright Stonebridge Group

Question and Answer Session
Moderator: The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian, Director, Baker Institute 

 2:00 pm    

Panel III – The Impact of Iran's New and Expanded Role in Global Energy Markets

Moderator: Kenneth B. Medlock, Ph.D.,  James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute

Scott Modell
Managing Director, The Rapidan Group; Nonresident Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies 

Greg Priddy
Director, Global Energy & Natural Resources, Eurasia Group

Question and Answer Session

3:30 pm     

Concluding Remarks

Kenneth B. Medlock, Ph.D.
James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute



Thu, April 14, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

Event has ended


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