List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2008-12-03

    Iran-U.S. Relations: Imagining a New Paradigm

    New York Wednesday - December 3, 2008     09:00 AM


    I would like to invite you to attend a very important event at New York University— a conference hosted by the NYU Center for Dialogues, under the heading: Iran-U.S. Relations: Imagining a New Paradigm.

    For the past thirty years, Iranian-U.S. relations have been characterized by conflict, tension and suspicion. As America prepares to inaugurate a new president, the NYU Center for Dialogues convenes a one-day conference to ask what might a relationship articulated around a new paradigm look like—a paradigm based on mutual recognition of the need for dignity and security for both sides? How might this paradigm address grievances created by past moments of hurt, while providing a way to move toward the realization of a shared destiny and a positive future?

    Iran-U.S. Relations: Imagining a New Paradigm
    NYU Center for Dialogues Conference
    Wednesday, December 3, 2008 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM

    Where: NYU’s Casa Italiana, 24 W. 12th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues.
    Subways: 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W (Union Square).

    Conference Agenda

    9:00-9:30 Registration

    9:30-10:00 Opening Remarks

    Mustapha Tlili, Founder and Director, NYU Center for Dialogues

    10:00-12:00 Panel I: Imagining a New Paradigm for Iran-US

    Ervand Abrahamian, Distinguished Professor of World and Middle East history, Baruch College, CUNY

    Mohiaddin Mesbahi, Director, Middle East Center, Florida International University

    Gary Sick, Senior Research Scholar, Middle East Institute, Columbia University

    Moderator: Hillary Mann Leverett, former National Security Council Director and CEO of Stratega

    12:30-2:00 buffet lunch

    2:00-4:00 Panel II: Shared Concerns, Shared Interests

    Gholamali Khoshroo, Senior Editor, Encyclopedia of Contemporary Islam and former Iranian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations

    Ali Omidi, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Isfahan

    Barbara Slavin, journalist and author, Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S. and the Twisted Path to Confrontation

    Moderator: Stephen Heintz, President, Rockefeller Brother Fund

    4:00-6:00 Panel III: Planning for Change

    Fatemah Keshavarz, Chair, Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages, Washington University

    William Luers, Chair and President, United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) and former US Ambassador

    Shabnam Rezaei, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Persian Mirror

    Elizabeth Rubin, Edwin R. Murrow Press Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

    Moderator: John Limbert, Distinguished Professor of International Affairs, US Naval Academy and former US Ambassador

    6:00-6:30 Closing remarks

    6:30-8:30 Reception

    As seating is limited, please respond at your
    earliest convenience, but no later than December 2.
    Please RSVP to or 212.998.8693

    We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

    Mustapha Tlili
    Founder and Director
    Center for Dialogues: Islamic World-U.S.-The West
    New York University
    194 Mercer Street, 4th Floor
    New York, New York 10012
    Tel: +1 212 998 8693
    Fax: +1 212 995 4091
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