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Analysis of Iran's Nuclear Deal by Center for Middle East Studies

July 29, 2015 Three new articles by the director and associate director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies offer forceful arguments for why the P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran will boost the struggle for democracy and human rights in Iran.

Amid a debate that has focused largely on the geopolitics of the deal—specifically its pros and cons for the United States and Israel—Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel, co-editors of The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future , examine what the deal means from the perspective of democratic dissidents and human rights activists inside Iran.

The three articles are available online here:

  • Nader Hashemi

How a Nuclear Deal Helps Democracy in Iran (Cairo Review of Global Affairs)

  • Nader Hashemi

Nuclear deal could transform Iran (CNN.com)

  • Danny Postel

Iranian Dissidents Explain Why They Support the Nuclear Deal (In These Times)

Nader Hashemi is Associate Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics and Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. He is the author of Islam, Secularism and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies , which Seyla Benhabib, Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University, called a “thoughtful and erudite examination [of] some of the most difficult questions of our times.”

Danny Postel is the Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and the author of Reading "Legitimation Crisis" in Tehran: Iran and the Future of Liberalism , which Afshin Molavi of the New America Foundation called a “brilliant inquiry into the contemporary Iranian predicament and what it means for the world…nothing less than a masterpiece of moral and political criticism.”

The University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies convened a historic dialogue via video conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in February 2014. Led by Ambassador Christopher Hill, former US ambassador to Iraq and Dean of the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, it was the first event of its kind with Zarif, who earned his doctorate from the University of Denver.

Hashemi (@naderalihashemi) and Postel (@DannyPostel) are both available for media interviews on the Iran nuclear deal, the struggle for democracy in Iran, US-Iran relations, and other aspects of Middle East politics.

To arrange an interview with either or both of them, contact DU Media Relations at 720-608-0240ordumediarelations@gmail.com.