January 13, 2014 — Luncheon
Topic: My Dinner with Rouhani: The Future of US-Iranian Relations and the Nuclear Issue
Speakers: Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and Jessica Tuchman Mathews
Location: Broadmoor Hotel - Main Ballroom
Time: 11:30 Lunch, 12:15-1:30 Program
Cost: $35 for COS WAC members, educators, and first-time guests of members, $50 for non-members.
You may register online until January 7th for this event. If you are registering after that date, please e-mail the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council or call 719-579-8443 to make your reservation.
A nuclear deal with Iran? Beginning of a new era of engagement with Iran? Bad news for Israel and Saudi Arabia? Sign of new possibilities with a new Iranian leadership or a political window of opportunity that will close too soon? Open 2014 with a discussion with one of America's leading diplomats and an expert on Iran's nuclear program. Ambassador Pickering and Dr. Walsh are both with the Iran Project sponsored by The Foundation for a Civil Society (www.fcsny.org).
Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering holds the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. In a diplomatic career spanning five decades, he was U.S. ambassador to Israel, the Russian Federation, India, El Salvador, Nigeria, and Jordan. From 1989 to 1992, he was Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, and he then served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Earlier in his career, he was Special Assistant to Secretaries of State William P. Rogers and Henry Kissinger. He also served in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves.
Dr. Jim Walsh is an expert in international security and a Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program (SSP). Dr. Walsh's research and writings focus on international security, and in particular, topics involving nuclear weapons and terrorism. Dr. Walsh has testified before the United States Senate on the issue of nuclear terrorism and on Iran’s nuclear program. He is one of a handful of Americans who has traveled to both Iran and North Korea for talks with officials about nuclear issues. The British newspaper, The Independent, named Dr. Walsh and his co-authors as having offered one of the 10 best and original ideas of 2008. His comments and analysis have appeared in numerous national and international media outlets. Before coming to MIT, Dr. Walsh was Executive Director of the Managing the Atom project at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has taught at both Harvard University and MIT.