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Trita Parsi

National Iranian American Council

Trita Parsi is the co-founder and executive vice president of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. At the time of filming, he was the president of the National Iranian American Council, for which he was a founder. He is the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order and the author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States (Yale University Press, 2007) and A Single Roll of the Dice—Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran (Yale University Press, 2012).

Parsi was born in Iran but moved with his family at the age of four to Sweden in order to escape political repression. He moved to the United States as an adult and studied foreign policy at Johns Hopkins’ School for Advanced International Studies, where he received his PhD. He holds a master’s degree in International Relations from Uppsala University and a master’s degree in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Parsi has explored Middle East politics through fieldwork and extensive experience on Capitol Hill and at the United Nations. Parsi worked for the Swedish Permanent Mission to the United Nations and in the General Assembly’s Third Committee, addressing human rights in Iran, Afghanistan, Myanmar, and Iraq. He has served as an adjunct professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University SAIS, George Washington University, and Georgetown University, as well as an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute and a Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.

Parsi’s articles on Middle East affairs have been published in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Jane’s Intelligence Review, Jerusalem Post, and others. He has been a frequent guest on CNN, PBS’s Newshour with Jim Lehrer, the BBC, and Al Jazeera.

Parsi’s videos have been used in these Choices Program curriculum units:
The Middle East: Questions for U.S. Policy
The Challenge of Nuclear Weapons

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