Andrew Parasiliti, executive director of the Washington, D.C., office of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and former foreign policy advisor to U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, will speak on “The Obama Administration and Iran” Wednesday, Feb. 17.
Parasiliti’s lecture is part of the UNCG Center for Legislative Studies’ Spring 2010 lecture series. The series will focus on “Iran, India and Russia: New Faces of Global Power?”
The lecture, free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium. Free parking is available behind the Weatherspoon.
Parasiliti, a UNCG alumnus, is a Middle East specialist with expertise on U.S. policy in Iran. He was foreign policy advisor and personal representative to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for Hagel from 2001-2005.
From 1999-2001, he was director of the Middle East Initiative at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he was responsible for the intellectual development and management of executive programs for business and government leaders in Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran and India. He also assisted Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill with the management of Kennedy School executive programs for Russian and Chinese general officers.
From 1996-1999, Parasiliti was director of programs at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C., where his initiatives contributed to the renaissance of the institute as a leader among Washington think-tanks dealing with Iraq and Iran.
Parasiliti holds a doctorate from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, where he wrote his dissertation on Iraq; a master’s in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia; and a BA, cum laude, from UNCG, where he was a member of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology.
International Programs, the Lloyd International Honors College, the International and Global Studies Program and the Department of Political Science co-sponsor the lecture series.
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