Iran: A Conversation with Mansour Farhang

IRAN: A CONVERSATION WITH MANSOUR FARHANG

Professor Farhang teaches International Relations and Middle East Politics at Bennington College; served as revolutionary Iran’s first ambassador to the United Nations; and worked as a mediator in the early months of the Iran-Iraq war. Professor Farhang left Iran as a dissident in 1981. He is the co-author of US Press and Iran: Foreign Policy and the Journalism of Deference and other works on American foreign policy and U.S.-Iranian relations.

Interviewed by

SHERLE SCHWENNINGER, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, World Policy Institute

The Bush administration’s hard-line approach to Iran and its nuclear program, has failed to achieve its stated objectives. In August, Iran pulled out of negotiations with the EU3 (Britain, France and Germany), and resumed uranium conversion. And, at the recent meeting at the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran was able to avoid having the issue of its compliance sent to the U.N. Security Council, as Washington wanted, in part because of its ties with Russia and China and in part because of its effective use of the Third World nationalist card. Moreover, to date, Iran has been the big winner in Iraq, where it has established close relations with the new Shiite-dominated government. Why has the administration’s approach failed? What are the main foreign policy goals of the recently elected government in Iran? And how should Washington deal with Iran and its new government in the future?

Thursday, October 20, 2005, 6:00-7:30 p. m. Swayduck Auditorium, first floor, 65 Fifth Avenue (between East 13-14th sts.). Admission is $5.00.

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