The State of U.S.-Iran Relations: On a Collision Course?
May 24, 2019
12:00pm to 2:00pm

A sustaining member discussion on U.S.-Iran relations with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran Andrew Peek.

The United States does not seek a war with Iran. That was the message U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo put forth while speaking in Russia on May 14. However, Secretary Pompeo also made it clear that if American interests are attacked by Iran, the United States will respond in an appropriate fashion. The Secretary’s comments follow an uptick in tensions between the United States and Iran. Peek will discuss the state of U.S.-Iranian relations and U.S. diplomatic efforts in the region to protect and preserve U.S. interests.

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Andrew L. Peek, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Prior to joining the State Department, he was a Fellow at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas while finishing his Ph.D. in international relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Before entering academia, Peek served as a U.S. Army intelligence officer. Read more.


Antonella Caruso, Political Analyst on the Middle East and North Africa, RAND Corporation

Antonella Caruso is a Pacific Council member and a political analyst on the Middle East and North Africa at the RAND Corporation. Read more.


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