Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian moderated by Suzanne DiMaggio "The Future of U.S.-Iranian Relations"

Seyed Hossein Mousavian is a Middle East Security and Nuclear Policy Specialist at the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is a former diplomat who served as Iran’s Ambassador to Germany (1990-1997), Head of the Foreign Relations Committee of Iran’s National Security Council (1997-2005), Spokesman for Iran in its nuclear negotiations with the international community (2003-2005), Foreign Policy Advisor to the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (2005-2007), Vice President of the Center for Strategic Research for International Affairs (2005-2009), General Director of Foreign Ministry for West Europe (1987-1990), Chief of Parliament Administration (1984-1986) and the editor in chief of the English-language international newspaper Tehran Times (1980-1990).

Mousavian is also the author of several publications, including Iran-Europe Relations: Challenges and Opportunities, Additional Protocol and Islamic Republic’s Strategy and Human Rights: Trends and Viewpoints. His book The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Memoir was published by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in June 2012. His latest book, Iran and the United States: An Insider’s view on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace was published by Bloomsbury Publishers in May 2014.

Mousavian earned a PhD in international relations from the University of Kent in the U.K. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Tehran and studied his bachelor at the University of California, Sacramento.


Suzanne DiMaggio is a Director and Senior Fellow at New America, where she focuses on the organization’s growing body of international security projects related to the Middle East and Asia. She is based at New America NYC.

Suzanne has been leading Track 1.5 and Track 2 diplomatic initiatives on regional security, terrorism, nonproliferation, governance, and development for over 15 years. She has a special interest in the role of policy dialogue with countries that the United States has limited official relations, especially Iran, Myanmar, and North Korea.

She directs The U.S.-Iran Initiative, which is carried out through a combination of policy dialogue, research, and a series of public events and private roundtables, with the aim of generating analyses and recommendations in support of improving relations between the two countries. The project’s centerpiece is a long-running Track 2 dialogue that she established in 2002, which brings together influential and knowledgeable Americans and Iranians to explore possible grounds for constructive engagement and develop mutually acceptable strategies for addressing a range of issues, including Iran’s nuclear program, regional security, and U.S.-Iran relations. This process is widely recognized as a trusted forum for formulating ideas, vetting proposals, and forging important relationships over time.

In 2009, she launched and directed a Task Force and an accompanying U.S.-Myanmar Track 2 dialogue aimed at generating policy options to advance the normalization of bilateral relations and catalyze collaboration in support Myanmar’s transition. She is member of the Council on Foreign Relations' Advisory Committee for Securing a Peaceful Transition in Myanmar. In 2015, she initiated a U.S.-China dialogue focused on Myanmar. Following a recent visit to Pyongyang, North Korea, she is preparing to launch a U.S.-DPRK dialogue.

Before joining New America, Suzanne served as the Vice President of Global Policy Programs at the Asia Society (2007-2014), where she set the strategic direction for moving the Society’s work in the policy arena from a public program-focused forum to a global think tank aimed at addressing the most critical challenges facing the United States and Asia. She was the Vice President of Policy Programs at the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA; 1998-2007), where she directed programs that advanced multilateral approaches to global problem solving and advocated in support of constructive U.S. international engagement. Before joining UNA-USA, she was a Program Officer at the United Nations University (UNU; 1993-1998), a research institute that links the UN system with international academic and policy communities. First based in Tokyo, Japan, and later at UN headquarters in New York, she focused on international security issues and development.