Deciphering the Iranian Nuclear Standoff

Monday, March 18, 2013
Learn the latest on the diplomatic approach to curbing Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. Join UNA-USA Mon. March 18 at 6 p.m. ET for our Nationwide Conference Call on "Deciphering the Iranian Nuclear Standoff."

A Discussion and Q&A with

Joel Rubin
Director of Policy and Government Affairs Ploughshares Fund


Jim Walsh, Ph.D.

Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mon., March 18, 6 p.m. ET

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About our speakers:

Joel Rubin is the Director of Policy and Government Affairs for the Ploughshares Fund. He is a former congressional aide and diplomat, having worked for two senior Democratic Senators on foreign policy, defense, and appropriations issues and at the State Department in both Near Eastern Affairs and Political-Military Affairs, winning numerous awards. A frequent commentator on foreign policy and national security affairs for CBS, Al Jazeera, the BBC, the Washington Post, the Daily Beast, and USA Today, he also blogs frequently on Huffington Post and writes a monthly political column for the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle.

Previously, Joel was the Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer of the National Security Network and was also the founding Political and Government Affairs Director of J Street and JStreetPAC, the political home of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement. A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Joel holds a joint Master’s degree in Public Policy and Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from Brandeis University. Joel lives in Maryland with his wife and three children.

Jim Walsh, Ph.D. is an expert in international security and a Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Security Studies Program (SSP). His research and writings focus on international security, and in particular, topics involving nuclear weapons and terrorism. Walsh has testified before the United States Senate on the issue of nuclear terrorism and on Iran’s nuclear program. He is one of a handful of Americans who has traveled to both Iran and North Korea for talks with officials about nuclear issues.

Walsh’s recent publications include: “Egypt’s Nuclear Future: Proliferation or Restraint?” in Forecasting Proliferation; “Sanctions Can’t Be the Centerpiece,” in Room for Debate, New York Times; “How to Deal with Iran” and "A Solution for the US-Iran Nuclear Standoff" with Thomas Pickering and William Luers in the New York Review of Books.

Before coming to MIT, Walsh was Executive Director of the Managing the Atom project at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a visiting scholar at the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He has taught at both Harvard University and MIT. Walsh received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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