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A Seminar on “Iran, the United States and Iran’s Foreign Policy” on June 5, 2014

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation Presents:
A Seminar on “Iran, the United States and Iran’s Foreign Policy” on June 5, 2014
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Lecture Information
 The Sasakawa Peace Foundation has invited Dr. Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to speak at the seminar detailed below, on June 5th, 2014.

 Her areas of expertise include Middle Eastern women's issues, contemporary Iranian intellectual currents and politics, and democratic developments in the Middle East. She was born and grew up in Iran. She has lived in the United States since 1980, having left Iran upon the Iranian Revolution in 1979.
 Dr. Esfandiari was detained at Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran, from May 8 to August 21, 2007, for more than 110 days. On December 30, 2006, Dr. Esfandiari was robbed while on the way to the airport after visiting her mother in Tehran. During this incident, the men threatened to kill her; then they stole her baggage and both her U.S. and Iranian passports. Consequently, she was not permitted to leave the country. When she applied for new travel documents, she was instead barred from leaving Iran and interrogated over a period of six weeks by authorities from the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence. During the time, she was asked to confess to having taken part in anti-government activities, which she refused to do. Senator Hillary Clinton and US Congress called for Dr. Esfandiari's release, followed by the two large petitionsinitiated by the American Islamic Congress and the Scholars for Peace in the Middle East. On August 21, 2007, Dr. Esfandiari was released on a bail. Her passport was returned and she left Iran on September 2. While the news of her detention was little known in Japan, it profoundly shook the US-Iran relations at that time.
Thursday, June 5, 2014 17:00 to 18:30
Conference Room, 2nd floor, The Nippon Foundation Building 
1-2-2, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8523
"Iran, the United States and Iran's Foreign Policy"
16:30~ Registration
17:00~17:05 Opening Remarks
17:05~17:45 Speaker:
Dr. Haleh ESFANDIARI (Director of the Middle East Program, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars)

Ms. Sachi SAKANASHI (Senior Analyst, JIME Center, The Institute of Energy Economics)
17:45~18:30 Questions and Answers
English/Japanese with simultaneous interpretation
How to Register:
Please register from this web page by 17:00 Wednesday , June 4, 2014.
Please note that registration will close as soon as the number of participants reaches the maximum. The registration remains open until the Foundation announces that the registration is full.
Personal information provided at the time of registration will be used for the purpose of notifying registrants about future seminars and lectures hosted by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
The Sasakawa Middle East Islam Fund: Dr. Matsunaga and Ms. Fujimoto
Phone: 03-6229-5459, FAX: 03-6229-5473