Iran nuclear deal topic of Seminars program Monday |

Iran nuclear deal topic of Seminars program Monday

Teresa Ristow

Martin Indyk

— This season's final Seminars at Steamboat program may also be the most proactive subject presented this summer — a discussion of Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian talks.

Former U.S. ambassador to Israel and current Brookings Institution Vice President Martin Indyk will begin his talk, "The New Middle East Disorder," at 5 p.m. Monday at the Strings Music Pavilion. Free tickets will be distributed and doors open at 4:15.

Indyk is expected to discuss conflicts in the Middle East, the Iran nuclear deal and the current state of talks between Israel and Palestine.

"Martin Indyk is one of the foremost experts in the entire country on the Middle East — no question about that," said Belle Sawhill, a Seminars board member and a senior fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution.

Sawhill said that Indyk was a top negotiator for John Kerry during the latest attempts to find a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and said she expects him to discuss the talks and the recently reached Iran nuclear deal, a timely topic.

"He will undoubtedly talk about the recent Iran deal, which I think should be of great interest to all of us," she said.

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Signed by the United Nations Security Council and Iran in July, the "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action" is an agreement on the current and future nuclear program of Iran. The plan is currently under a 60-day period of Congressional review.

Indyk, who is known for his straight talk, has said that the purpose of the deal is to curb Iran's nuclear program, and the deal should be assessed with this in mind.

"The issue of the Iran nuclear deal is being exaggerated in a way that distorts what is happening. The purpose of the deal is to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons," he said.

Indyk is the author of "Innocent Abroad: An Intimate Account of U.S. Peace Diplomacy in the Middle East" and co-author of "Bending History: Barack Obama's Foreign Policy."

His talk Monday will be followed by a potentially lively Q&A period.

A one-hour edited version of the talk will air on KUNC 88.5 FM at 9 p.m. Sunday.

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If you go:

What: “The New Middle East Disorder,” a Seminars at Steamboat program

When: 5 p.m. Monday, August 24

Where: Strings Music Pavilion, 900 Strings Road

Cost: Free, tickets distributed beginning at 4:15 p.m.