Washington, DC – The National Iranian American Council is pleased to announce Ambassador John Limbert’s return to NIAC’s Advisory Board following the completion of his tenure as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran at the US Department of State. Ambassador Limbert served previously on NIAC’s Advisory Board prior to his State Department appointment.
As a career Foreign Service Officer, Limbert was posted at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979, during the Iranian Revolution. Only 12 weeks into his posting, he was captured along with 51 other Americans at the U.S. Embassy. Limbert’s experience as a hostage in Iran furthered his drive and passion to bridge diplomacy between Iran and the United States.
“We are honored to have Ambassador Limbert rejoin NIAC’s Advisory Board,” said NIAC President Trita Parsi. “There are few people as knowledgeable and as committed to finding peaceful resolution to the current conflict with the aim of benefitting both peoples.”
Ambassador Limbert has written numerous books and articles, including Negotiating with Iran: Wrestling the Ghosts of History (United States Institute of Peace Press, 2009). In addition to his foreign policy acumen, Limbert is an expert on Iran’s national poet Hafez and authored Shiraz in the Age of Hafez (University of Washington Press, 2004).