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Jeff Dunsavage

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Iranís U.N. Ambassador to Speak

Madison, NJ (Nov. 7, 2003)óIranís ambassador to the United Nations will speak about his countryís role in the Middle East at Fairleigh Dickinson University on Dec. 3, 2003.

Ambassador Mohammad Javad Zarif has been Iranís permanent representative to the United Nations since 2002. A career diplomat who has served in several senior positions in the Iranian Foreign Ministry and at various international organizations, he was Iranís deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs before being appointed to his current post.

Over the past two decades, Ambassador Zarif has played an active role in the Non-Aligned Movement and the Organization of the Islamic Conference, as well as the United Nations. He has served as chairman of numerous international conferences, including the Asian Preparatory Meeting of the World Conference on Racism, the U.N. Disarmament Commission, and the Asian African Legal Consultative Committee.

Ambassador Zarif holds a Ph.D. in International Law and Policy from the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver. In addition to his diplomatic responsibilities, he has been a visiting professor of international law at the University of Tehran, where he has taught human rights, international law, and multilateral diplomacy.

The Iranian ambassadorís speech is part of Fairleigh Dickinsonís U.N. Pathways Lecture Series, presented by the Ambassadorís Club at the United Nations.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m., with light refreshments served at 6 p.m. It will be held in Lenfell Hall, the Mansion, at Fairleigh Dickinsonís College at Florham in Madison, NJ. For more information, call 201-692-7362.

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