Mohsen Sazegara, prominent co-founder of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and a former Deputy Prime Minister in the Islamic Republic of Iran, will deliver a lunchtime lecture at NYU Wagner on Monday, February 22.
The event, free and open to the public, will take place from 12:30–1:30 p.m. at The Puck Building, 2nd Floor, 295 Lafayette Street (@ Houston), New York, N.Y.
Dr. Sazegara is one of the most important figures influencing U.S. policy toward Iran. During the early years of the Islamic Revolution, Dr. Sazegara held several high-ranking political positions before becoming disillusioned with the government in 1989 and pushing for reforms. In 2001, he applied to become a candidate for President of Iran in the 2001 election and was refused. His reformist policies clashed with the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, and eventually resulted in his arrest in 2003.
A journalist and pro-democracy activist, Dr. Sazegara continues to call on Iranian dissidents to avoid fragmentation and unite in nonviolent action under the pro-democracy Green Movement. His talk will include an overview of the pro-democracy movement in Iran and its implications for the United States.
This will be the debut talk in the Spring 2010 Middle East and United States Strategy Lecture Series organized by Michael Doran, a visiting professor at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and an historian of U.S. policy toward the Middle East. Doran directed a Pentagon office of support for public diplomacy in the administration of George W. Bush and later served in the State Department.
RSVP is required. Please visit the website to register.
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