Poster design for a panel discussion on the future of U.S. policy toward Iran


In a matter of only a few months, despite a 33-year history of acrimonious relations, a new relationship with Iran suddenly seems possible. While in New York, President Rouhani indicated that Iran is ready to engage in talks with Western leaders. Although he offered few details regarding Iran’s nuclear policy—the most contested and divisive issue between Iran and the West— his address to the UN General Assembly signaled willingness to compromise and assuage reasonable concerns about the program. In a speech of similar tone, U.S. President Barack Obama displayed a comparable level of openness to finding effective solutions to issues of mutual interest. Is hope possible now?

Panelists Include:

Flynt Leverett, Professor of International Affairs at the Pennsylvania State University School of International Service, former Senior Director for Middle East Affairs for the National Security Council

Hillary Mann Leverett, Senior Professorial Lecturer at the American University School of International Service, former Director for Iran, Afghanistan and Persian Gulf Affairs for the National Security Council

Amb. John Limbert, former U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran, Professor of Middle Eastern Affairs at the U.S. Naval Academy

Amb. William Luers, former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela and Czechoslovakia, Director of the Iran Project

Mohiaddin Mesbahi, Professor of Politics and International Relations at Florida International University

Moderator: Prof. Mustapha Tlili, Founder and Director of the NYU Center for Dialogues: Islamic World — U.S. — The West

OCTOBER 29, 2013, Jurow Hall, NYU Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East, New York, NY

This event is free and open to the public.

Please call 212-998-8693 or email to RSVP or for more information.

Doors open at 5:00 PM