On July 30, The Annapolis Forum is proud to present a discussion on Iran: Is Iran on the brink of another revolution? What approach should the United States take towards checking the rising power of Iran in the Middle East?

Dr. John Limbert was appointed Distinguished Professor of International Affairs at the United States Naval Academy in 2006 after serving as Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (2000-2003).  Ambassador Limbert first joined the Foreign Service in 1973, and his overseas experience includes tours in Iran, Algeria, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Before joining the Foreign Service, he taught in Iran as an English instructor at Shiraz University (1969-72).  He has written numerous articles on Middle Eastern subjects and has authored Iran: At War with History (Westview Press, 1987) and Shiraz in the Age of Hafez (University of Washington Press, 2004). He is fluent in Persian and Arabic.

Dr. Trita Parsi is the founder and president of the National Iranian American Council and a vocal proponent of dialogue and engagement between the US and Iran. He is the author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States (Yale University Press, 2007), the silver medal winner of the 2008 Arthur Ross Ward from the Council on Foreign Relations. Born in Iran, Dr. Parsi moved with his family at the age of four to Sweden in order to escape the political repression due to his father being an outspoken academic and non-Muslim who was jailed first by the Shah and then by the Ayatollah. He moved to the United States as an adult and received his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins’ School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Dr. Parsi has worked in the United Nations’ Security Council handling the affairs of Afghanistan and Iraq, in the General Assembly’s Third Committee, addressing human rights in Iran, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Iraq. He has taught at SAIS and is currently an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute. Dr. Parsi has had articles in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times of London, Jane’s Intelligence Review, The Nation, The American Conservative, the Jerusalem Post, Forward, and others. He is a frequent guest on CNN, PBS’s News Hour with Jim Lehrer, NPR, the BBC, and Al Jazeera and is fluent in Persian/Farsi, English, and Swedish.

This is a free event, open to the public.

Date: Thursday, July 30: Refreshments at 6:30pm, Presentation at 7:00pm.
Location: The United States Naval Academy Alumni Association, 247 King George St., Annapolis, MD 21402.
Parking: St. John’s College.
RSVP Required: Contact Mark Croatti: mcroatti@whatsupmag.com
For more information: 410-267-9390 x-10  http://www.annapolisforum.com