A Visit to Tehran

February 9, 2015 - 2:00 pm

1030 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor (West Tower)
Washington, DC
A Visit to Tehran: Former Congressman Shares His Outlook for U.S. - Iran Relations

A conversation with:
Jim Slattery
Former Congressman, partner
Wiley Rein, LLP

Introduced by:
Dr. Bharath Gopalaswamy
Acting Director, South Asia Center
Atlantic Council


Jim Moody
Associate Director-Investments
Oppenheimer Company

Moderated by:
Barbara Slavin
Senior Fellow, South Asia Center
Atlantic Council

As nuclear talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) enter what could be their final stage, former Rep. Jim Slattery will provide insights about the attitudes in Iran toward an agreement and the obstacles a deal may face both in Tehran and in the U.S. Congress. Slattery, who made his first visit to Iran in December, will also discuss his extensive experience promoting interfaith dialogue with Iran as part of an effort coordinated by the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Norway and the Catholic University of America.

The Iran Task Force, chaired by Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, seeks to perform a comprehensive analysis of Iran’s internal political landscape, its role in the region and globally, and any basis for an improved relationship with the West. It is supported generously by the Ploughshares Fund. 

DATE:              Monday, February 9, 2015

TIME:              2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

LOCATION:      Atlantic Council

                       1030 15th St. NW, 12th Floor
                       Washington, DC 20005

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Jim Slattery is a former six-term U.S. Congressman from the 2nd District of Kansas. During his entire tenure, he was a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has broad jurisdiction over health care, energy, telecommunications and environmental issues.  Slattery also served on the House Budget Committee, House Financial Services Committee and House Veterans' Affairs Committee.  Currently a partner with the law firm of Wiley Rein, LLP, Slattery advises clients who have matters pending before Congress, federal agencies and regulatory bodies and heads the Wiley Rein Public Policy Group. Slattery also travels regularly to the Middle East to encourage interfaith dialogue and reconciliation and has participated in the Abrahamic Dialogue with Iran since 2004.  This dialogue has been coordinated by the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO) Norway and the Catholic University of America with Vatican participation. Slattery has also served as an international election monitor in countries including Iraq, Ukraine and Nicaragua.

Dr. Bharath Gopalaswamy is the acting director of the South Asia Center. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Dr. Gopalaswamy managed the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he oversaw developing projects on space security and South Asia. He has held research appointments with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and with Cornell University's Judith Reppy Institute of Peace and Conflict studies. Dr. Gopalaswamy holds a PhD in mechanical engineering with a specialization in numerical acoustics from Trinity College, Dublin. In addition to his studies abroad, he has previously worked at the Indian Space Research Organization's High Altitude Test Facilities and the EADS Astrium GmbH division in Germany.

Jim Moody is Associate Director-Investments at Oppenheimer Company. A former five-term Congressman from Wisconsin, Moody served on the Ways & Means Committee and as an official Congressional representative to U.S.-Soviet arms control negotiations. Moody was co-founder of the National Security Archives, an organization dedicated to combatting rising U.S. government secrecy. Prior to his election to Congress, Moody served as CARE International Field Director in Yugoslavia and in Iran. He also established and managed the US Peace Corps program in Pakistan and Bangladesh – the first in continental Asia. Since leaving Congress, Moody has lobbied for universal health care and served as vice president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development and President of Interaction, a consortium of NGOs providing international development assistance, disaster relief and refugee aid. Moody serves on the board of directors of Relief International, is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland and an advisor to Ball State University International Programs. He is a member of the Atlantic Council’s Iran Task Force.

Barbara Slavin is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center and Washington correspondent for Al-Monitor.com, a website devoted to news from and about the Middle East. The author of Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the US and the Twisted Path to Confrontation (2007), she is a regular commentator on US foreign policy and Iran on NPR, PBS, and C-SPAN. A career journalist, Slavin previously served as assistant managing editor for world and national security of The Washington Times, senior diplomatic reporter for USA TODAY, Cairo correspondent for The Economist, and as an editor at the New York Times Week in Review. She has covered such key foreign policy issues as the US-led war on terrorism, policy toward "rogue" states, the Iran-Iraq war, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. She has traveled to Iran nine times, most recently to report on the inauguration of Iran's new president Hassan Rouhani. Slavin also served as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where she wrote Bitter Friends, and as a senior fellow at the US Institute of Peace, where she researched and wrote the report Mullahs, Money and Militias: How Iran Exerts Its Influence in the Middle East.