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Jul. 27, 2013 Commonwealth Club Speakers

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Here are some Commonwealth Club speakers. Pictured are Asha Agarwal, Dan Ashley, Michael Blum, Tom Brokaw, Jerry Brown, Susie Buell, Paul Carroll, Flora Castillo, Aneesh Chopra, Thomas Countryman, Martin Dempsey, Rorke Denver, Rod Diridon, Jack Dorsey, Malcolm Dougherty, Mortimer Downey, Diane Feinstein, Joseph Fink, Mariano Florentino Cuellar, Barney Frank, Timothy Geitner, Julius Genachowski, Tony Haymet, Katrina Heron, Brian Michael Jenkins, David Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Adam Lashinsky, Grace Lee, Jim Lehrer, Mark Matthews, Mark Mazzetti, Norman Mineta, Jeff Morales, Seyed Mousavian, Robert Mueller, Eli Pariser, Todd Park, Barbara Pivnicka, Colin Powell, Anita Raghavan, Cecile Richards, George Scalise, Scott Shafer, George Shultz, Mark Smith, Sonja Sotomayor, Kara Swisher, Kathryn Thomson, Carolyn Tyler, Steve Wozniak, Philip Yun.

Agrawal Asha  Thomson Kathryn Bourgeois John     Castillo Flora  Constantinovici Lina   Denver Rorke Diridon Rod  Dougherty Malcom Downey Mortimer Feinstein Diane 2   Frank Barney   Grossinger Robin Grove Deb   Jenkins Brian      Lew Jack 2 Lowe Jeremy  Matthews Chris  Mazzetti Mark 3 McNealy Scott 6 Mineta Norman Morales Jeff   Newsom Gavin copy Oconnor Philip   Pivnicka Barbara  Raghavan Anita Reaser Lynn Reich Robert 5   Shultz GeorgenShafer Scott  Sotomayor Sonia2  Thomson Kathryn Tickle Naomi  Wharton Ken Wozniak Steve 12 

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Sep. 5, 2012 Iran Ambassador Seyed Mousavian

On Wednesday, September, 5, 2012 in San Francisco at The Commonwealth Club, Ambassador Seyed Mousavian, Visiting Research Scholar of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University spoke about his new book “The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Memoir” with Philip Yun of the Ploughshares Fund.

Being a diplomat in the Middle East is not easy. Mousavian was the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council. A student in international affairs, he got his Masters degree in Teheran in 1998 and his PhD in Kent, England in 2002. The next year he represented Iran negotiating with the EU and the International Atomic Energy Agency. By 2007, Iran’s Ahmadinejad administration charged him with espionage while dealing with European nations. His book is a personal account of his years as a diplomat and now dissident, his assessment of Iran’s history and its possible future. There is a great deal of mistrust between Iran and the West, not to mention internal divisions in Iran. There are American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, on either side of Iran. This makes Iran nervous. Iran has a nuclear weapons program and has funded terrorism. This makes the West nervous. Without establishing trust, there will be no resolution to the impending threat.

As for internal politics, you have to remember this is a country where cultural conservatives have joined forces with a wealthy oil faction struggling to keep control against a more open tolerant sustainable society. And then there is Iran. I wonder if they want tax cuts too? :-)

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