Reflections on the Iranian Revolution
February 11, 2009 - Reflections on the Iranian Revolution
MEI is honored to host a special panel presentation on the past, present and future of the Iranian Revolution with both distinguished retired U.S. foreign service officers who served in Iran during the late 1970s and scholars on Iran. Charlie NaasCharles W. Nass was U.S. Department of State country director for Iran from 1975 to 1978, then served as chargé d’affaires in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. He has had overseas assignments in Karachi, Calcutta, Ankara, Kabul and Deputy Chief of Mission in Tehran 1978-79. Nass was Middle East Advisor to the U.S. UN delegation (1972-1973) and Diplomat-in Residence at Davidson College 1979-80. His Washington assignments include Pakistan/India/Afghanistan research in INR (1951-55), Afghan Desk Officer, Pakistan Desk Officer, Senior Seminar, and Director of Iranian affairs, (1974-78). Henry PrechtHenry M. Precht was political-military officer in Tehran for the four years prior to the Revolution, then served as the State Department’s country director for Iran. Henry Precht, born and raised in Savannah, Ga., entered the Foreign Service in 1961 with Rome as his first post. After that he was involved with the Middle East with assignments to Egypt and the State Department’s Arab-Israel desk and in Tehran (1972-76). Precht was in charge of State’s Iran desk during the revolution and hostage crisis. Blamed for the loss of Iran, he was blocked from an ambassadorial appointment by Senator Jesse Helms. After serving as Deputy Ambassador in Cairo (1981-85), he retired to Cleveland as president of the Council on World Affairs while teaching at Case Western Reserve University. He now lives and writes in Bethesda, MD. He is the author of A Diplomat’s Progress, Ten Tales of Diplomatic Adventure in the Middle East.