How can the international community bring Iran in from the cold of its international isolation? What will it take to avoid war, and deal constructively, with a country that is widely believed to be seeking nuclear weapons capabilities?

Mr. Hossein Mousavian, Iran’s former ambassador to Germany and chief nuclear negotiator, will be joined by Mr. Thomas Pickering, former US ambassador to nine countries (the final being Russia under US President Bill Clinton), to discuss these issues at The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), in Waterloo, Ontario.

“Iran and the West: A Dialogue of Ambassadors” will be moderated by James Blight, CIGI chair in foreign policy development at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), and janet Lang, research professor at the BSIA,

The CIGI Signature Lecture will take place in the CIGI Auditorium on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, from 7-9 p.m. Members of the public who want to attend in person can register for through this link: http://iranandwest.eventbrite.ca/. Those who are not in Waterloo, or who want to watch the lecture from home can view the live-webcast at no cost by registering through the same link.

Member of the media are invited to attend this event by registering in advance with Kevin Dias at [email protected].

Event:   

CIGI Signature Lecture: Iran and the West: A Dialogue of Ambassadors

Date:                                                                              

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Time:                                                                               

7-9 p.m.

Location:

The CIGI Campus Auditorium

67 Erb St. West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Panelists Biographies:

Hossein Mousavian is the former Iranian ambassador to Germany and former chief Iranian nuclear negotiator. He is currently a visiting research scholar at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Thomas R. Pickering is the former US ambassador to nine countries (including Russia, India, Israel, Jordan, et al. and to the UN).  He retired at the end of the Clinton administration as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs.

Moderator Biographies:

James Blight is the CIGI Chair in Foreign Policy Development and Professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. An expert in oral history, he was heavily involved in making two recent award-winning films: The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2004), and Virtual JFK: Vietnam if Kennedy Had Lived (2008).

janet Lang is a Research Professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is an award-winning expert on international security and conflict prevention, and was heavily involved in making two recent award-winning films: The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2004), and Virtual JFK: Vietnam if Kennedy Had Lived (2008).

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 238, Email: [email protected]  

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, nonpartisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by philanthropist Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Research In Motion, and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit www.cigionline.org.

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