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Created by John Eipper on 01/17/20 3:26 AM

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Stanford Panel Discussion on Soleimani Assassination (A. J. Cave, USA, 01/17/20 3:26 am)

There was a panel discussion at Stanford last Friday, January 10, about the assassination of Soleimani. It was
co-sponsored by the Program in Iranian Studies, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and the Middle East Initiative at the Center for International Security and Cooperation. I didn't go, but it made me nostalgic for the good old days when WAIS was a part of Stanford.


The Strike on Qassem Soleimani: Implications for Iran, the Middle East and the World

Panel discussion with Stanford international affairs experts on escalating US-Iran tensions


Here is a link to the video on YouTube (with the usual cautionary note to copy and paste the links in your browser, instead of clicking on them directly) for those who are interested in multiple point of views on the topic from academics who are far more knowledgeable than me.


Dramatis personæ:

In order of appearance:

Moderator: Michael McFaul

Speakers: Colin Kahl, Abbas Milani, Lisa Blaydes, and Brett McGurk

Political Science professor Scott Sagan (nuclear proliferation) in the audience who asked about the legality of the strike

Speakers' bios:



The eminent panelists are long on Trump-bashing and Obama-praising and short on information beyond what is already known by casual Middle East observers like me. So, it's reasonable to assume the content is intended primarily to educate and inform Stanford freshmen.

JE comments: Ambassador McFaul has a WAIS connection (once a WAISer, always a WAISer...), although he may not be aware of it. (!)  His name was on the official mailing list I originally inherited from Prof. Hilton:


In my capacity as the "buck stops here" WAIS President, I also exchanged a few e-mails with Prof. Milani.  Full disclosure:  they weren't amicable, as he was outraged by some of our Iran-related content.   As I often write in this space, if you agree with everything you read on WAIS, you've mistakenly clicked on some other website.

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