NEW YORK, June 3, 2014 - Ambassador Hossein Mousavian, a former senior Iranian diplomat and nuclear negotiator, and Gary Sick, Iran expert and former National Security Council member, explore root causes of the misperceptions Iranians and Americans have of each other and the missed opportunities for dialogue over several decades. Hamid Biglari moderates the discussion. (1 hr., 12 min.)
Hamid Biglari is Vice Chairman of Citicorp, the strategic arm of Citigroup.
Dr. Biglari has held a number of senior roles within the organization, including Chief Operating Officer of Citigroup's Institutional Clients Group, which represents the global investment banking and trading and sales arm of Citigroup/Citicorp.
Prior to joining Citigroup, Dr. Biglari was a Partner at McKinsey & Company, the international management consulting firm, where he co-led the firm's investment banking consulting practice. His experience spans the entire spectrum of consumer and wholesale financial services.
Prior to that, he was a theoretical research physicist at Princeton University's Plasma Physics Laboratory, the nation's leading center for controlled thermonuclear fusion research.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Board of Trustee of the Asia Society, and a Board member of the US-China Business Council. In 2009, Dr. Biglari was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, given for outstanding contributions by immigrants to the United States.
He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Astrophysical Sciences from Princeton University. Prior to that, Dr. Biglari received a B.S. in Applied Physics and a B.A. in Mathematics from Cornell University.
Seyed Hossein Mousavian
Dr. Seyed Hossein Mousavian is an Iranian policymaker and scholar who has served on Iran's nuclear diplomacy team in negotiations with the EU and International Atomic Energy Agency.
Gary G. Sick
Gary G. Sick is executive director of the Gulf/2000 Project at Columbia University, as well as senior research scholar and adjunct professor of international relations at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He served on the National Security Council staff under Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan and was the principal White House aide for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis. Dr. Sick is the author of two books on U.S.-Iranian relations.