Great Decisions Master Class: Persian Gulf Security Issues
- Wednesday, February 17, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Online Master Class
- Event type
- Lecture / Panel
One hour lecture on Persian Gulf Security Issues by Professor Jeffrey S. Morton, followed by a 20- minute question and answer segment.
Since 1918 the Foreign Policy Association has served as a catalyst for open, objective and non-partisan public discourse of world affairs and American foreign policy. Great Decisions is an annual series that examines the most pressing foreign policy challenges each year. During this global pandemic, we will be offering an online master class for those who are unable to participate in their usual discussion groups in-person.
This second class in the series looks at the Persian Gulf. The Persian Gulf remains tense as the rivalry between the regional powers of Saudi Arabia and Iran continues. Tensions escalated in early 2020 as the United States began to intervene in the Gulf, launching an airstrike that killed two Iranian military commanders. What are the historical influences that have led to these tensions? What role, if any, should the United States play? Is using military force a viable foreign policy option for 2021 and beyond?
Jeffrey S. Morton - Host
Professor of Political Science, FAU
Jeffrey S. Morton is a Professor of Political Science, a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association and recipient of the prestigious FPA Medal, which is bestowed upon leading members of the American foreign policy establishment. He has been honored with numerous university awards, including Researcher of the Year, the Talon Service Award, Master Teacher and University Distinguished Teacher of the Year. Professor Morton has contributed to articles that have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. He directs the Leon Charney Diplomacy Program, which has received forty-five national and international awards for academic excellence and placed 1st overall at Nationals in Washington, D.C. in 2018 & 2020.