US-Iran Relations Past, Present, and Future

June 3, 2014 - 9:30 am

1030 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor (West Tower)
Washington, DC
A conversation with
Seyyed Hossein Mousavian
Diplomat and Author, Iran and the United States: An Insider’s View on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace

John Marks
President and Founder
Search for Common Ground

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

The Atlantic Council’s Iran Task Force and Search for Common Ground invite you to a conversation with Seyyed Hossein Mousavian, former Iranian diplomat and author of a new book, Iran and the United States: An Insider’s View on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace, and John Marks, president and founder of Search for Common Ground.  Mousavian will offer insights from his twenty-five years representing Iran in posts including ambassador to Germany and nuclear negotiating team spokesman under former President Mohammed Khatami. Marks will reflect on eighteen years of experience in Track II dialogue and cultural exchanges with Iran. The speakers will discuss the current negotiations with Iran and the outlook for better relations under President Hassan Rouhani.

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. This project is generously supported by the Ploughshares Fund.  Search for Common Ground is a peacebuilding and conflict transformation organization with offices in thirty-four countries.


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Bios

Seyed Hossein Mousavian is a research scholar at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  He is a former diplomat who served as Iran’s Ambassador to Germany (1990-1997), head of the Foreign Relations Committee of Iran’s National Security Council (1997-2005), and spokesman for Iran in its nuclear negotiations with the European Union (2003-2005). He is the author of The Iranian Nuclear Crisis. A Memoir and a new book, Iran and the United States: An Insider’s view on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace.

John Marks is president and founder of Search for Common Ground, a non-profit, peacebuilding and conflict transformation organization with offices in thirty-four countries. He also founded and heads Common Ground Productions, and has produced or executive-produced TV series in twenty countries.  With his wife, Susan Collin Marks, he is a Skoll awardee in social entrepreneurship, and additionally, he is an Ashoka senior fellow.  A best-selling, award-winning author, he previously served as a US Foreign Service officer, executive assistant to the late US Senator Clifford Case (R-NJ), fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics, and visiting scholar at Harvard Law School.

Barbara Slavin is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center and Washington correspondent for Al-Monitor.com. The author of a 2007 book, Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the US and the Twisted Path to Confrontation, 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.
 


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