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Oct 21, 2014

Due to a recording error, this podcast abruptly begins several minutes after Mr. Cirincione begins speaking - Rotary apolgizes that the full program is not available.

US and Iranian negotiators may be just weeks away from an historic agreement to contain and limit Iran's nuclear program.  But the region is now thrust into new wars and shifting alliances as ISIS militants pour out of a disintegrating Syria, laying claim to vast tracts of Iraq.  The United States finds itself in a de facto tactical alliance with Iran as Revolutionary Guard forces fight ISIS on the ground while US airpower strikes from above. Can ISIS be stopped? Will negotiators strike a deal before the November 24 deadline?  Can any deal truly prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb? Would a deal open the door to a broader U.S.-Iranian rapprochement?  Joseph Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, and a member of Secretary Jon Kerry's International Security Advisory Board, tracks this issues closely and shared his answers to these and other crucial questions.

The A.D. Robertson Fund of the United Nations is a special fund within the RCM Community Trust created by the family of past president Robbie Robertson to provide educational programming to Rotarians and the community about the humanitarian and peace building work of the United Nations. This program will honor the 69th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.