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The Iran Project

Audience: 
Open to the Public
Speaker(s): 
Daniel Kurtzer, S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle Eastern Policy Studies and former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt
Sponsor: 

Woodrow Wilson School

The Iran Project, an independent organization operating under the auspices of the non-profit Foundation for a Civil Society that seeks to improve official contacts between the United States and Iranian governments, will be the topic of discussion at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, on Thursday, Nov.  14, 2013. The panel discussion will include Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, Ambassador William Luers, and Robin Wright.

Ambassador Kurtzer served from 2001-2005 as the U.S. Ambassador to Israel and from 1997-2001 as U.S. Ambassador to Egypt. Throughout his career, Kurtzer was instrumental in formulating and executing U.S. policy toward the Middle East peace process.  He crafted the 1988 peace initiative of Secretary of State George P. Shultz, and in 1991 served as a member of the U.S. peace team that brought about the Madrid Peace Conference.

Ambassador Luers is the director of the Foundation for a Civil Society’s Iran Project and the former president of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA). Luers had a 31 year career in the Foreign Service, serving as U.S. ambassador to Czechoslovakia (1983-1986) and Venezuela (1978-1982) and held numerous posts in Italy, Germany, the Soviet Union and in the Department of State, where he was the deputy assistant secretary for Europe (1977-1978) and for the Inter-American Affairs (1975-1977).
Robin Wright, a journalist and author, is a joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center. Wright has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents for The Washington Post, Las Angeles Times, The Sunday Times, and CBS News. Wright won the U.N. Correspondents Association Gold Medal for coverage of foreign affairs, the Overseas Press Club Award, and the National Press Club Award for best diplomatic reporting.