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‘A Single Roll of the Dice’: Award-Winning Writer, Scholar to Visit OCU

The president of the National Iranian American Council will discuss President Obama’s diplomacy with Iran March 1 at Oklahoma City University.

Trita Parsi, an expert on U.S.-Iranian relations and geopolitics in the Middle East, will speak from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in OCU’s Meinders School of Business, at N.W. 27th Street and Florida Ave.

Parsi is the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas for Improving World Order. He is a silver medal winner for the 2008 Arthur Ross Book Award from the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations. His book, “A Single Roll of the Dice – Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran” was just released. He interviewed 70 high-ranking officials from the U.S., Iran, Europe, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Brazil—including the top American and Iranian negotiators—for the book.

Parsi has followed Middle East politics through work in the field and extensive experience on Capitol Hill and at the United Nations. He is frequently consulted by Western and Asian governments on foreign policy matters.  Parsi has worked for the Swedish Permanent Mission to the UN, where he served in the Security Council, handling the affairs of Afghanistan, Iraq, Tajikistan and Western Sahara and in the General Assembly's Third Committee, addressing human rights in Iran, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Iraq.

Paris holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. His articles have been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Jane’s Intelligence Review and The American Conservative.