Perhaps at a brink of global crisis, four experts discuss sanctions, nuclear deal, travel bans, and what Trump’s maximum pressure campaign means for the Islamic Republic of Iran and the rest of the world.
Stephen Zunes is a professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco where he served as founding program director of Middle Eastern Studies. He is the author of several books and hundreds of articles addressing U.S. Middle East policy and recently returned from a study tour of Iran, where he met with the Iranian foreign minister, other officials, as well as leading dissidents.
Dariush Gilani is the Director of SAEI Translation Company.
Senior court interpreter for the Superior Court of California in Farsi Language, Federal Court and the Immigration office. Thirty-nine years of experience in court interpreting, depositions and serving as an expert witness. De Anza College Professor of Persian Language.
Paris Etemadi Scott has over 11 years of experience as an attorney with a focus on immigration law and international human rights. Before joining Pars Equality Center, Paris worked as an immigration attorney at the Law Offices of Daniel Shanfield, Immigration Defense, PC, where she managed extensive family immigration and complex removal defense cases. Her focus on human rights law expands to the Asian continent where she worked with refugees at Christian Action NGO in Hong Kong, representing refugees in their resettlement claims before the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Prior to her immigration practice, Paris worked for the law firm of Bullivant Houser Bailey in San Francisco where she litigated insurance and complex commercial matters. Her passion for litigation and advocacy was fueled by a full-time externship at the U.S. District Court of Northern California. She partly attributes her successful law career to her previous professional experience as a Systems Analyst and IT Project Director with multinational companies in Europe and America. She is currently an adjunct professor in Immigration Law at West Valley College. Paris is a graduate of Golden Gate University School of Law (J.D. with Honors) and The University of Maryland (B.S., Honors in Computer Science).
Kamal Y. Azari did his undergraduate work in mathematics and political science and later graduated from Brooklyn Polytechnics with an MS in engineering in 1977. He received his Ph.D. from Fordham University in comparative politics. He is one of the founding members of the Iranian Studies Association at the University of California–Berkeley. He did numerous development projects while studying and lectured on political and state developments, for more than twenty years. His is the author of Axis of Hope: A Perspective for Community Centric Government for Iran and Other MENA Countries, was published to favorable reviews in 2014. Kirkus called it “a timely, serious and original contribution to one of the most pressing political debates of our time.”. His work has also appeared in Eurasia Review. He lives in Sonoma County, California, on his vineyards.
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