September 27, 2016
Ambassador John Limbert, Barbara Slavin, Farzaneh Milani, Thomas M. Ricks, and Trita Parsi at the “Ties That Bind: US-Iran Engagement and the Peace Corps Legacy” event hosted by South Asia Center’s Future of Iran Initiative
On Monday, September 26, 2016, the South Asia Center’s Future of Iran Initiative hosted a panel discussion moderated by the Future of Iran Initiative's Acting Director Barbara Slavin featuring John Limbert, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, US Naval Academy, Farzaneh Milani, Professor and Chair, Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Virginia, Thomas M. Ricks, Director, International Studies and Overseas Programs​,Villanova University, and Trita Parsi, President, National Iranian American Council. Over the course of the discussion, the panelists addressed the legacy of the Peace Corps in Iran pre-1979 revolution and its role in the broader conversation on US-Iran engagement following the historic nuclear accord. The discussion was initiated by Thomas Huf, Senior Program Manager for Facilities Planning and Programming,University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who introduced the panelists and a short video presentation from the Peace Corps Iran Association.