Monday Evening | Global Issues Talk on Iran with Amb Thomas Pickering

World Affairs Council President Patrick Ryan was interviewed by “Cumberland Viewpoint” radio host Dave Johnson this week about the September 19th program on Iran. We’re pleased to provide an excerpt of his comments regarding Ambassador Pickering, the Iran program and the World Affairs Council for your consideration.  Don’t forget to RSVP (below) for the Monday town hall on Iran at Belmont.



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The Tennessee World Affairs Council in Association with Belmont University and

The Iran Project

present a

Town Hall Meeting





September 19, 2016

Belmont University


Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering



David Plazas

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The Tennessean Opinion Engagement Editor

Introductory Remarks From

Hon. Karl F. Dean


Former Mayor of Nashville (2007-2015)

September 19, 2016

Belmont University

Frist Lecture Hall, Inman Health Sciences Building

5:30 pm – Check-in / Networking

6:00-7:30 pm – Program

Parking in Inman Garage (#6) — Map Link

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Seating Limited | Free but Registration Required

Answer the One Pre-Program Survey Question From The Iran Project [ Link ]

Resources – Here are some news reports and resources for you to learn more about this topic.


About Ambassador Thomas Pickering


Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering holds the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. In a diplomatic career spanning five decades, he was U.S. ambassador to Israel, the Russian Federation, India, El Salvador, Nigeria, and Jordan. From 1989 to 1992, he was Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, and he then served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Earlier in his career, he was Special Assistant to Secretaries of State William P. Rogers and Henry Kissinger. He also served in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves.

David Plazas is the Opinion Engagement Editor for The Tennessean, part of the USA TODAY Network of 107 publications nationwide with nearly 4,000 journalists. He serves as editorial writer, a columnist and editorial board member. He arrived in Nashville in November 2014 and previously worked at The News-Press in Fort Myers, Florida, as a digital editor, opinion editor, Spanish-language community weekly editor and reporter, predominantly covering K-12 and higher education. [more]

About the Iran Project

The Iran Project seeks to support a balanced, objective, and bipartisan approach to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon – one that enhances U.S. national security and that of our friends and allies in the region. The Iran Project was started in 2002 by the United Nations Association of the USA and Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and became an independent project under the auspices of the non-profit organization Foundation for a Civil Society in 2009. For nearly a decade The Iran Project’s methodology has aimed to reduce misunderstandings between Iran and the U.S. by establishing ongoing informal dialogues with Iranian counterparts, and to inform senior U.S. Government officials and members of Congress on the content of our talks.

For more information: The Iran Project



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