My colleague Flynt Leverett will be speaking on the subject, “Dealing with Tehran,” at a New America Foundation/American Strategy Program on Monday, 12:15 pm EST. I will be moderating the meeting and offering comments as well.
This meeting is open to the public and RSVPs should go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leverett’s responsibilities as head of Middle East affairs in the National Security Council during part of the first term of the George W. Bush administration give him unique insights into the President, his team, and how they perceive the challenges in the Middle East. Two months ago, Leverett wrote a piece for the American Prospect that called for tough-minded but direct negotiations with Iran and Syria — both avenues of which have been rejected thus far by the White House.
To add to the drama surrounding Leverett’s talk, which reflects on an important new Century Foundation paper he released Friday — “Dealing with Tehran: Assessing US Diplomatic Options Toward Iran” — the White House National Security Council and the CIA are censoring Leverett’s “op-ed” on the history of negotiations between Iran and the U.S. — and are censoring material normally and in most cases previously approved or largely available already from public sources in what appears to be a punitive action against Flynt Leverett and his wife — also a former National Security Council and State Department staff member — Hillary Mann. Stay tuned for more on this battle.
The pdf of Leverett’s latest article can be downloaded here.
Leverett is a senior fellow and directs the Geopolitics of Energy Initiative in the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation.
The session will be carried “live” on C-Span on Monday.
— Steve Clemons