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Hillary Mann Leverett

Senior Adjunct Professorial Lecture
School of International Service

  • Prof. Leverett brings 25 years of practical experience in U.S. foreign policy, area studies and conflict resolution to her courses. She served in U.S. embassies across the Middle East, at the United Nations, on the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, and on the National Security Council Staff. From 2001-2003, she was one of a handful of U.S. diplomats authorized to negotiate with Iranian officials over Afghanistan and al-Qa’ida. She has taught at Yale and is a visiting scholar at Peking University’s School of International Studies. She has published extensively on the international relations, politics, and political economy of the Middle East and Persian Gulf, and on U.S. policy toward these critical regions. In her controversial new book, Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran, she challenges Western stereotypes of contemporary Iran and argues that America needs to renounce 34 years of failed policy and pursue genuine rapprochement with the Islamic Republic—much like Richard Nixon revolutionized U.S. foreign policy by realigning relations with the People’s Republic of China in the early 1970s.
  • Degrees

    Juris Doctor, Law, Harvard University, Bachelor of Arts, Middle East Studies, Brandeis University, Certificate, Middle East Studies, Arabic, American University, Cairo, Certificate, Middle East Studies, Tel Aviv University
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