Hear author and Middle East foreign policy expert, Trita Parsi, as he discusses the Iran nuclear deal, which he argues would enhance U.S. national security by helping to stabilize the Middle East and bolster the moderates in Iran.


About Trita Parsi

Trita Parsi is the author of Losing an Enemy – Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at the dealings that led to the historic nuclear deal with Iran. He is also the founder and president of the National Iranian American Council and an expert on U.S.-Iran relations and the geopolitics of the Middle East. Parsi is frequently consulted by Western and Asian governments on foreign policy matters and has worked for the Swedish Permanent Mission to the UN, where he served in the Security Council, handling the affairs of Afghanistan, Iraq, Tajikistan, and Western Sahara, and in the General Assembly’s Third Committee, addressing human rights in Iran, Afghanistan, Myanmar, and Iraq. Parsi’s articles on Middle East affairs have been published in the Washington PostWall Street JournalNew York TimesLos Angeles Times, and others. He is a frequent guest on CNN, PBS’s Newshour with Jim Lehrer, NPR, the BBC, and Al Jazeera.

Born in Iran, Parsi moved with his family to Sweden to escape political repression. He moved to the U.S. as an adult and received a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins’ School for Advanced International Studies. He also received master’s degrees in international relations from Uppsala University and economics from the Stockholm School of Economics.

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