Public forum on Iran slated

October 22, 2007
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

A public forum entitled "Iran U.S. Relations: Compromise or Confrontation?" will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. in California State University Bakersfield's Student Union Multipurpose Room.

The two primary issues to be presented at the forum will be whether the U.S. should engage or confront Iran in the Middle East. The forum will feature Nathan Gonzalez and Bahram Moshiri.

Gonzalez is an Iran specialist and founder of, an open-source foreign policy think tank. He also wrote "Engaging Iran: The rise of a Middle East powerhouse and America's strategic choice." In 2002, Gonzalez received recognition from the University of California, Los Angeles for his research on Iraq, through which he predicted that a U.S. invasion would bring about massive sectarian strife, pervasive anti-Americanism in Iraq, and a stronger Iran. He has also published several academic papers, and blogs on the topic of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

Moshiri is a scholar of Iranian history and culture, and author of "From Athens to Hiroshima." In this piece he explores the phenomenon of atomic physics and the implications of its disastrous effects on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Moshiri holds degrees in material science and chemical engineering from the Catholic University of America. Because of his passion for Iranian history and culture, he continued extensive studies in these domains as well.

KGET Channel 17 anchor/reporter Kiyoshi Tomono will act as moderator.

The forum is sponsored by CSUB's Global Affairs Club, the Economics and Political Science departments, and Associated Students Inc.

The forum is free and open to the public. There is free parking in lots L and K and light refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact Tina Giblin at (661) 654 2141 or at