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New York seminar on Iran elections

On Wednesday, March 8, Gulf/2000 in cooperation with the Columbia University Seminar on the Middle East will host a special seminar on the recent elections in Iran.

For this event we are pleased to have four exceptionally astute observers of Iranian politics:

o Dr. Mohammad Hadi Semati is Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law and Political Science and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Tehran.

o Dr. Nasser Hadian is Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law and Political Science, and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Tehran.

o Siamak Namazi is Director of Business Consulting at the Atieh Bahar consultancy in Tehran; he is editor of Iran Focus, and Managing Editor of Iran Quarterly Report (published by US-based Future Alliances International) which specialize in political and economic analysis of Iran.

o Eric Rouleau is a former ambassador of France to Tunisia and Turkey; he was chief Middle East correspondent for Le Monde, where his coverage of the Iranian revolution was unparalleled. He has recently revisited Iran and is in the United States on a speaking tour focusing on the Iranian elections. He will serve as discussant.

All four are members of Gulf/2000 who are frequently quoted by the Western media covering Iran, and whose names appear in political reporting and books from the region. The Iranian participants will be coming directly from Tehran, where they will have observed and participated in the elections.

The Seminar will meet in room 1512, on the 15th floor of the School of International and Public Affairs, at the corner of Amsterdam Avenue and 118th Street in New York City. We will assemble at 4:30 p.m. on March 8 for tea. The discussion will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will continue through drinks, dinner and post-dinner discussion until no later than 9:00 p.m. There is a charge of $35 per person to cover the cost of the room and dinner.

All members of Gulf/2000 are welcome to attend if you are in the New York area on that date. You may also invite friends or spouses. However, we have limits on the number of people who can be accommodated, so we must insist that you let us know by the end of the day on Thursday, March 2 if you wish to attend.

We would appreciate it if you would send the $35 fee in advance. You can make your check payable to Columbia University and mail it to:

Benjamin Marchette
Middle East Institute, 11th Floor SIPA
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027

If that is not possible, you may pay when you arrive. Kindly notify the Seminar administrator, Benjamin Marchette, whether you plan to attend on March 8 by using the "Reply To" Address on this message. .If you need parking space, please let him know the color and make of your car and its registration number. He must have these details at least a week before the meeting.

We hope that many members of Gulf/2000 will find it possible to join the University Seminar on the Middle East on March 8 for a first-hand report on the Iranian elections and a lively and informative discussion.

Gary Sick


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