Dr. Gary Sick will return to Fisher House in Woods Hole at 5 PM on Sunday, July 27, to discuss the future of United States policy in the Persian Gulf. This is part of the summer series about the Middle East sponsored by the Ad Hoc Committee for Peace and Justice in the Middle East, a nonprofit, non-partisan group of concerned citizens, based in Woods Hole.
It will be the second time Dr. Sick has spoken in the series; in 2009 he gave a talk at Fisher House on Iran.
For more than three decades, the United States has been in confrontation with Iran. In 1979 when the Iranian revolution overthrew the shah and American officials were taken hostage, the Iranian regime was hostile to the United States as the “Great Satan.” Growing American and Western concerns about the possibility of Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon have led to US-led sanctions. Attempts at negotiations have not shown signs of success until very recently. The election of Hassan Rouhani as president of Iran last year and the initiation of international negotiations on the nuclear problem have brought hope that some outstanding issues can be resolved. But tensions and unresolved problems remain, and the future of US-Iranian relations is uncertain. The situation will be analyzed and discussed by Dr. Sick, who is a leading American expert on Iran and the Persian Gulf.
Dr. Sick is a senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Middle East Center, and an adjunct professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. In 1993 he founded the Gulf/2000 Project and remains its executive director; it is a highly respected source of information on the Persian Gulf countries widely used by American and foreign scholars and US and foreign officials.
A retired captain in the US Navy, Dr. Sick received his PhD in political science from Columbia in 1973. He served on the staff of the National Security Council under President Carter and was the principal White House aide on Persian Gulf Affairs from 1976 to 1981, the period that included the Iranian revolution and the hostage crisis.
He is frequently quoted in American and foreign media on Gulf issues.
Fisher House is at 13 Church Street, Woods Hole, opposite Church of the Messiah. Presentations are free and open to the public. Sessions begin at 5 PM, with the speaker talking for 40 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer period. Off-street parking is available adjacent to the Church of the Messiah Cemetery.