With US President Donald Trump’s announced withdrawal from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iran nuclear deal, join MESF’s in-house Iran scholars for a panel discussion on the future of the deal, and the implications of its possible collapse. The panel discussion will be followed by an informal lunch.


Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh
Dr James Barry
Dr Dara Conduit

Speaker bios:

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh is is Research Professor in Middle East and Central Asian Politics at Deakin University and the Deputy Director (International) of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. He held a prestigious ARC Future Fellowship (2012-2016) on the Role of Islam in Iran’s Foreign Policy-making and recently completed a Qatar Foundation grant on Sectarianism in the Middle East. Professor Akbarzadeh has published 17 authored and edited books, 34 Book chapters and 36 refereed journal papers. His 2016 volume Iran in the World: President Rouhani’s Foreign Policy, which he co-edited with Dara Conduit, was published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Dr James Barry is an Associate Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. He was awarded a PhD (anthropology) from Monash University in 2013 for his dissertation on cross generation identity among the religious minorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran. He is currently involved in research on the role of Islam in Iranian foreign policy making, alongside a project on decision-making among Iranian and Afghan migrants in Indonesia. His book Armenian Christians in Iran: Ethnicity, Religion and Identity in the Islamic Republic will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2018.

Dr Dara Conduit is an Associate Research Fellow at the Middle East Studies Forum at the Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University working on Iran and Syria. Her work has been published in the British Journal of Middle East Studies, the Middle East Journal, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism and International Community Law Review. Dr Conduit holds a PhD from Monash University, a M. Litt from the University of St. Andrews, was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge in 2015 and has provided advice to the UN OHCHR’s Working Group on Mercenaries. In 2016, she co-edited the Palgrave Macmillan volume, Iran in the World: President Rouhani’s Foreign Policy with Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh.


Wednesday 23 May 2018

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Level 2, Building BC

Deakin University Burwood campus

RSVP to mesf@deakin.edu.au by May 18 for catering purposes.

Download the flyer here.

Watch the recording of the event here.