Iran: Upcoming Elections & U.S. Diplomacy

  • 09 Jun 2021
  • 11:30 AM
  • Zoom Webinar

Join us for a special program about Iran: Upcoming Elections & U.S. Diplomacy on June 9, 11:30 a.m. (CDT).


Ambassador Thomas Shannon Jr.
Senior International Policy Advisor, Arnold & Porter

Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. brings more than three decades of government service and diplomatic experience to his practice, providing strategic counsel to clients across a range of legislative, foreign policy, and national security issues.

Most recently, Ambassador Shannon served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the third highest ranking position at the State Department. Holding the personal rank of Career Ambassador, he was the highest ranking member of the United States Foreign Service, the country's professional diplomatic corps. During his tenure as Under Secretary, Ambassador Shannon was in charge of bilateral and multilateral foreign policymaking and implementation, and oversaw diplomatic activity globally and in our missions to international organizations. He managed the State Department during the presidential transition, led bilateral and strategic stability talks with the Russian Federation, worked with our allies to oversee Iranian compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and expanded US engagement in Central Asia, among other things.

Dr. Roxane Farmanfarmaian
University of Cambridge, Department of Politics & International Studies

Dr Roxane Farmanfarmaian is a University of Cambridge academic, specialist in Iranian and Gulf politics, media commentator and public speaker. She is Director of International Studies and Global Politics at the University of Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education and a Senior Associate Fellow at the European Leadership Network. Her publications include Blood and Oil: A Prince’s Memoir of Iran From the Shah to the Ayatollah, and recently, articles in The Hill, Foreign Policy and Responsible Statecraft. She has a PhD and MPhil from the University Cambridge and a BA from Princeton. She lives in London and has a son attending the University of Southern California.

Dr. Benjamin Radd
UCLA Center for Middle East Development

Dr. Benjamin Radd is a Political Scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he teaches global studies, international relations, public diplomacy, and comparative law. Dr. Radd is an expert on the government and politics of the Middle East, with an emphasis on Iran and US-Iranian foreign policy. He is also a teaching fellow at the UCLA Center for Middle East Development and a member of the UCLA International Institute. Dr. Radd holds a PhD in Political Science from UCLA and a JD from Stanford Law School.