CISSM Forum | February 09, 2012
“How to Engage with Iran: Lessons from an Iranian Nuclear Negotiator”
by Amb. Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
Amb. Seyed Hossein Mousavian is an associate research scholar and lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Ambassador Mousavian has had a long career in the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, serving most recently as an advisor to the president of the Center for Strategic Research, which is part of the Expediency Council of Iran. From 1997 to 2005, he was the head of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran’s Foreign Relations Committee. During this period, he was the spokesman of the Iranian nuclear negotiating team that was affiliated with the Supreme National Security Council.
Starting in the mid-1980s, he held several positions in the Iranian Foreign Ministry, including serving as the Iranian ambassador to Germany from 1990 to 1997. Also while working at the Foreign Ministry, he helped to secure the release of two German hostages held by Hezbollah in Lebanon from 1990 to 1993 and American and other Western hostages held in Lebanon between 1998 and 1999, and contributed to the mediation of the largest-ever humanitarian exchange between Israel and Lebanese Hezbollah under Germany’s auspices. Ambassador Mousavian also played a role in Iran’s cooperation with the United States in Afghanistan in 2001. Ambassador Mousavian earned a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury.