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Haleh Esfandiari "Iran and the US: Breakthrough or False Hope?"

Wed, Nov 13, 5:30 pm
Maurer School of Law, Room 125

Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, is reaching out with energy to the United States and the West. President Obama has welcomed this initiative. But serious problems in the relationship remain. Dr. Esfandiari will discuss prospects for a rapprochement between the two countries and the problems President Rouhani faces at home.

Haleh Esfandiari is the director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. She has taught at both Princeton and Oxford, and has served as Deputy Secretary General of the Women's Organization of Iran. Her writing has appeared in numerous foreign policy journals, and her latest book, My Prison, My Home: One Woman's Story of Captivity in Iran, is based on Esfandiari's arrest by the Iranian security authorities in 2007, after which she spent 105 days in solitary confinement.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Middle East.