Back to the Future: The Return of US Sanctions and its Economic Impact

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at 6pm - 9:30pm

Location: Sufi Mediterranean restaurant located at  5915 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92111

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Summary: President Trump's unilateral scrapping of the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA), has opened a new chapter in the adversarial relation between Iran and the United States.  The reinstatement of economic sanctions is a major setback to President Rohani’s reformist policies which aimed at taming high inflation and reducing unemployment while opening up the economy to much-needed foreign investment.  

It also emboldens the hardliners who use sanctions as both a reaffirmation of their mistrust in the U.S. and justification for reclaiming some of their lost political and economic influence. Meanwhile, the economic hardship that accompanies such sanctions is borne by ordinary Iranians who have suffered repeatedly from such crises. 

Dr. Reza Bavafa is an adjunct professor at Marshall School of Business at The University of Southern California where he has been teaching courses in Economics and Business Strategy. Dr. Bavafa also has 25 years of executive management experience with AT&T and IBM. He led the strategic planning team for AT&T for six years before joining IBM. As a program executive at IBM, he was responsible for Strategic Outsourcing contracts leading large global teams across three continents in the formulation and implementation of integrated business and technology solutions. His experience spans multiple industries -- Telecom, Health, Aerospace, Auto, Media and Entertainment, and Fortune 500 companies including Providence Health, Kaiser Permanente, Boeing, Nissan North America, and The Walt Disney Company. He holds a Master and a PhD degree in Economics from The University of California, Riverside.

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm - Dinner and Networking (Dinner will not be served after 6:45pm) 
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm - Announcements and Short Presentation  
7:45 pm - 8:00 pm - Break
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm - Main presentation and Q&A

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