Iran, nukes to be topic of World Affairs Council event

The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council will open 2014 with a discussion about Iran, the nuclear issue and other Middle East diplomatic relationships.

Speaking at the Jan. 13 event at the Broadmoor will be Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and Dr. Jim Walsh.

Pickering holds the rank of career ambassador, the highest in the United States Foreign Service. In a diplomatic career spanning five decades, he was the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, the Russian Federation, India, El Salvador, Nigeria, and Jordan.

Walsh is a specialist in international security, nuclear weapons and terrorism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program. Walsh has testified before the U.S. Senate on the issue of nuclear terrorism and Iran’s nuclear program.

Both Pickering and Walsh are with the Iran Project sponsored by the Foundation for a Civil Society.

Issues to be pondered Jan. 13 include U.S.-Iran relations and the nuclear issue.

Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., with the program running from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

Cost is $35 for World Affairs Council members, $50 for non-members. To make a reservation, call 719-579-8443.