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● ISG's Past Lecture :
Speaker: Trita Parsi
Date & time: Wednesday February 22nd 2006, 6:00-7:30 PM
Location: MIT Room 4-270

Over the last decade, the Iranian-Israeli enmity has reached new alarming levels. All too often, this escalation in tensions is attributed to Iran's ideological excesses. And all too often, it is forgotten that Israel during the first decade of the Islamic Revolution sought a partnership with Iran and helped arm it against Iraq. A clash between these two Middle Eastern powerhouses seems all the more likely as Iran's nuclear program advances and Israel's insistence on a nuclear monopoly hardens. But as this clash is likely to dominate international developments in 2006, a proper understanding of the problem is needed in order to find an adequate solution " is the Israeli-Iranian clash rooted in ideology or geopolitics?"

Trita Parsi Biography:

Trita Parsi is a Middle East specialist at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, specializing on US-Iranian and Israeli-Iranian relations.

Dr. Parsi is one of the few people in the US - if not the only one - that has traveled both to Iran and Israel and interviewed top officials in these countries on the state of Israeli-Iranian relations. He has conducted more than 110 interviews with senior Israeli, Iranian and American officials in all three countries. He is fluent in Persian/Farsi.

He is currently writing a book on Israeli-Iranian relations, to be published by Yale University Press.

Dr. Parsi has followed Middle East politics for more than a decade, both through work in the field, and through extensive experience on Capitol Hill and the United Nations.

Dr. Parsi's articles on Middle East affairs have been published in the Financial Times, Jane's Intelligence Review, the Globalist, the Jerusalem Post, BitterLemons and the Daily Star.

Dr. Parsi is a frequent commentator on US-Iranian relations and Middle Eastern affairs, and has appeared on BBC World News, PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, NPR, CNN International, C-Span, MSNBC, Voice of America and Swedish National Television.

He has served as an advisor to Congressman Bob Ney (R-OH18) on Middle East issues and is a co-founder and current President of the National Iranian American Council (, a non-partisan, non-profit organization promoting Iranian-American participation in American civic life.

He has worked for the Swedish Permanent Mission to the UN in New York where he served in the Security Council handling the affairs of Afghanistan, Iraq, Tajikistan and Western Sahara, and the General Assembly's Third Committee addressing human rights in Iran, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Iraq.

Dr. Parsi was born in Iran and grew up in Sweden. He earned a Master's Degree in International Relations at Uppsala University, a second Master's Degree in Economics at Stockholm School of Economics and a PhD from Johns Hopkins University SAIS in International Relations.