Dr. Alidad Mafinezam, "the co-author of the newly published book, “Iran and Its Place Among Nations” (Praeger Publishers, 2008) will deliver a lecture based on the book, with an emphasis on Iran’s evolving relationship with the Arab world in general and members of the GCC in particular. The lecture will examine continuity and change in Iranian foreign policy in the pre- and post-revolutionary periods. Books will be available for purchase at 40 percent discount.
"Alidad Mafinezam is Director of Research at the Mosaic Institute. Dr. Mafinezam is a public policy expert with a focus on think tanks, the relationship between academia and government, as well as diversity, pluralism, and multiculturalism. He has served as a consultant to the Royal Society of Canada, the International Development Research Centre, the UN-mandated University for Peace, the Geneva-based Centre for Applied Studies in International Negotiations, among other organizations. He has worked as a program officer at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York City, the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, D.C., and the Center for Urban Policy Research in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He has taught upper-year public policy courses at the University of Toronto at Scarborough. Dr. Mafinezam received his BA from the University of Western Ontario, and Masters and Ph.D. degrees from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, where he wrote a dissertation on the history and current condition of American think tanks. His work has been published in the Literary Review of Canada, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Toronto Star and numerous other publications. He has also written on Iran, Eurasia, and U.S. foreign policy. His co-authored book, “Iran and Its Place Among Nations,” was recently published by the Connecticut-based Greenwood Publishing Group." 
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