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CANCELLED: Reese Erlich: The Iran Crisis

March 10 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Iran's parliamentary elections are a measure of popular support for confrontation with the U.S.

Cancelled due to BC coronavirus policy

The US assassination of Iranian General Suleimani sent shockwaves through the Middle East. Over a million Iranians commemorated his death, and tens of thousands of Iraqis demanded withdrawal of US troops from their country. The US and Iran came close to war. Peabody award winning freelance foreign correspondent Reese Erlich, who has reported from Iran since 2000, will offer his first hand observations on the current crisis and how US foreign policy must change.

Erlich will have just returned from covering Iran’s parliamentary elections in February on assignment for VICE News, Truthout and The Progressive.   Read his recent article, “It’s a Punch in the Face to Trump’: Why Soleimani’s Killing Could Mean Hard-Line Victories in Iran’s Elections”.

Talks by Reese Erlich in Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Tuesday, March 10, 12:30 pm: “The Iran Crisis”

Harvard University, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 38 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Tuesday, March 10, 5:00 pm: “A journalist’s perspective on US foreign policy during the Trump era”

Wellesley College, Library Lecture Room

CANCELLED:  Wednesday, March 11, 4:30-6:00 pm: “A Report on Iran”

Brown University, True North room, Watson Institute’s Stephen Robert Hall, 280 Brook Street, Providence.  Brown Center for Middle East Studies

CANCELLED:  Thursday, March 12, 7:30 pm: “Protest, Politics and Foreign Influence in Iran and Iraq” 
Boston College, Devlin 008.  Sponsored by BC Sociology Dept. and Massachusetts Peace Action
Brown University and Boston College have cancelled large events due to the coronavirus.   As far as we know, Harvard and Wellesley events are going forward.   At Harvard, Reese Erlich will speak by video conference.

About Reese Erlich

Reese Erlich

Reese Erlich’s history in journalism goes back over 45 years. He works as a fulltime print and broadcast journalist, filing for PRI, CBC (Canada), The Progressive, VICE News, and Foreign Policy, among others.  

He writes a nationally distributed column “Foreign Correspondent,” which appears every two weeks in The Progressive, 48 and other websites.

He received a Peabody Award in 2006 and “best depth reporting” awards in 2002 and 2006 from the Society of Professional Journalists (Northern California).

Erlich has authored five books on foreign affairs. His most recent is The Iran Agenda: The Real Story from Inside Iran and What’s Wrong with US Policy.

        “I went to the local bookshop, and I went into the political section. I found two books. One was by Norman Solomon and Reese Erlich, and it was called Target Iraq. I read them cover to cover that weekend, and it basically convinced me that there was no real evidence for this war.” 

         — Katharine Gun, who revealed British government lies in the run up to the 2003 Iraq War, whose life is now portrayed in the feature film Official Secrets.


March 10
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies
38 Kirkland St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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