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What’s wrong with US policy in Iran: A journalist’s first hand report

When: Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: First Church in Cambridge • Harter Room • Cambridge

Join the author Reese Erlich as he discusses his new book The Iran Agenda TodayThe Real Story Inside Iran and What’s Wrong with U.S. Policy.

Erlich explores the turbulent recent history between the two countries and reveals how it has led to a misguided showdown over nuclear technology.  He notes that all the major U.S. intelligence agencies agree Iran has not had a nuclear weapons program since at least 2003. He explores why Washington nonetheless continues with saber rattling and provides a detailed critique of mainstream media coverage of Iran. The book further details the popular protests that have rocked Tehran despite repression by the country’s Deep State.

In addition to covering the political story, Erlich offers insights on Iran’s domestic politics, popular culture, and diverse populations over this recent era. His analysis draws on past interviews with high-ranking Iranian officials, the former shah’s son, Reza Pahlavi, and Iranian exiles in Los Angeles, as well as the memory of his trip to Tehran with actor Sean Penn.

Written in skillful and riveting journalistic prose, The Iran Agenda Today provides inside information that academic researchers find hard to obtain.

Reese Erlich has been a freelance print and broadcast correspondent for over 40 years. A Peabody Award-winning journalist, Erlich has authored five books on foreign affairs.  He taught journalism for ten years in the California State University system and continues to lecture frequently on college campuses throughout the country.

Recent articles: 

What will Iran do now?”    (

The Truth About Iran   (

Additional Talks by Reese Erlich:

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 12:30pm, Harvard Center for Middle East Studies (CMES), room 102,  38 Kirkland St, Cambridge.

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 7:00 pm, First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St.  Sponsored by Mass. Peace Action.

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 11am, Massachusetts State House.  Host: Rep. Denise Provost

Monday, Dec. 3, 2:30 pm – Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7pm –  University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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