Will the Iran Deal Survive? Iran, Regional Crises, and U.S. Policy

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi before resuming talks over Iran's nuclear program in Lausanne, March 16, 2015

Brian Snyder/Reuters


March 3, 2016


8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


RAND Corporation
1200 S Hayes St
Arlington, VA

A continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

About the Conference

With the implementation of the nuclear deal, this half-day RAND conference will consider current and future challenges facing the agreement and implications for Iran, the region, and U.S. policy.

The conference panels will address a variety of non-nuclear issues, including the results of Iranian elections and political infighting, the effect of sanctions relief on the Iranian economy, regional responses in the midst of multiple crises and conflicts, and the broader impact on U.S. regional and global strategy.

Program Schedule

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Dalia Dassa Kaye

Director, RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy

Opening Keynote
Colin Kahl

National Security Advisor to the Vice President

Session One: Regional Crises and Responses
Moderator: Nadia Bilbassy Charters, Bureau Chief, Alarabiya Washington

  • HRH Prince Turki AlFaisal
    Chairman, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies
  • Chuck Freilich
    Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School; Former Deputy National Security Advisor, Israel
  • Karen Elliott House
    Author, On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines – and Future; Chairman, RAND Corporation Board of Trustees

Session Two: Challenges from within Iran
Moderator: Steve Inskeep, Host, Morning Edition, National Public Radio

  • Hamid Biglari
    Managing Partner, TGG Group
  • Alireza Nader
    Senior International Policy Analyst, RAND
  • Robin Wright
    Joint Fellow, United States Institute of Peace and Woodrow Wilson Center

Lunch Break

Session Three: Future U.S.-Iran Policy
Moderator: David Ignatius, Columnist and Associate Editor, The Washington Post

  • Ambassador James Dobbins
    Senior Fellow and Distinguished Chair in Diplomacy and Security, RAND
  • Stephen Hadley
    Principal, RiceHadleyGates LLC; Former National Security Advisor
  • Ellen Laipson
    President Emeritus and Distinguished Fellow, The Stimson Center; Former Vice Chair of the National Intelligence Council

Further Inquiries

This is an invitation-only event. For more information, contact Gina_Frost@rand.org.