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The Inside Story Behind the Iran Nuclear Deal

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Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman, former undersecretary of state for political affairs, provides an insider’s view of negotiations that led to the Iran nuclear deal. As undersecretary for political affairs from September 2011 to October 2015, Sherman led the series of U.S. negotiations with Iran that culminated in an agreement last July. The agreement is one of the most consequential diplomatic negotiations in American history. Sherman reveales details of the process that ultimately earned her the National Security Medal. Previously, Sherman served as counselor for the Department of State from 1997 to 2001, special adviser to President Clinton and policy coordinator on North Korea. She has served on the Council on Foreign Relations and in 2008 was appointed to serve on the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism. The Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture is sponsored by Duke’s American Grand Strategy Program and the Sanford School of Public Policy. Peter Feaver, Duke professor of political science and public policy and director of the university’s Program in American Grand Strategy, hosted the discussion.