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Firsthand report by Reese Erlich: The Crisis in Iran

When: Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Where: Harvard University • 38 Kirkland Street • Center for Middle Eastern Studies • Cambridge

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 was in Iran to cover Iran’s parliamentary elections 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”.

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 Hills.org 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.

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