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US-Iran Conflict: Prospects for De-Escalation

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Kelly Magsamen, recently tapped as the Pentagon's chief of staff for the incoming Biden administration and former National Security Council director for Iran under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, joined the Council to discuss America's policy options for Iran going forward.
Speakers
Kelly Magsamen
Matthew Abbott
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About This Event

While the US-Iran relationship has been strained for the past 40 years, tensions sharply escalated after a US drone strike killed Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani earlier this month. Iran's response, targeting two American bases in Iraq with missile strikes resulting in no US casualties, was seen by some as Tehran opening the door to de-escalation. Yet, the potential for further retaliations, as well as the unresolved status of Iran's nuclear program, could trigger significant economic and political effects with serious security implications for the United States and its allies. Join Kelly Magsamen, National Security Council director for Iran under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, to discuss America's policy options for Iran going forward.

About the Speakers
Kelly Magsamen
Vice President, National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress
Director, Government and Diplomatic Programs
Council staff Matt Abbott
Matthew Abbott joined the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in 2015 as the director of government and diplomatic programs.
Council staff Matt Abbott