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Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Bazaar shopkeeper Mehdi Panahi supports the nuclear accord. Image by Reese Erlich. Iran, 2015.

Youth rally for reformist presidential candidate. Image by Reese Erlich. Iran, 2005.

Foad Izadi, professor at University of Tehran. Image by Reese Erlich. Iran, 2015.

Behesti Univeristy professor Javad Etaat. Image by Reese Erlich. Iran, 2015.

Magazine editor Mehrdad Khadir. Image by Reese Erlich. Iran, 2015.

After nearly four decades of strained relations, the United States and Iran reached a historic agreement in which the United States agreed to ease economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for a drastic reduction of Iran’s nuclear program. Pulitzer Center grantee Reese Erlich explores a diversity of Iranian perspectives on the deal through his project “The New Nuclear Agreement: How Does Tehran View Its National Security” by speaking directly with community members of all ages in Iran’s capital.

Watch the video and read the article attached. Use the questions to guide a discussion about your own opinions of the agreement and its impact on the citizens of the United States and Iran.

Educator Notes: 

The attached lesson plan uses video and text to explore how Iranians from a variety of backgrounds view the nuclear agreement between Iran and the United States. Additionally, the lesson asks students to analyze how journalist Reese Erlich structures the article and to connect the nuclear agreement to their own lives.

The discussion topics and activities attached are suggestions for ways to quickly engage with the resources attached. Please feel free to adapt this lesson.

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