Source: American Iranian Council
Princeton, NJ, january 14, 2014- The American Iranian Council is pleased to welcome Ambassador Robert E. Hunter and Ambassador Charles A. Gargano to its Board of Directors.
Ambassador Robert E. Hunter. Mr. Hunter served as United States Ambassador to NATO (1993-98) and is a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He has served as Director of the Center for Transatlantic Security Studies at the National Defense University, Director of West European and Middle East Affairs on the National Security Council Staff in President Jimmy Carter’s administration, and as President of the Atlantic Treaty Association headquartered in Brussels. He is Chairman of the Council for the Community of Democracies, a member of the Secretary of State's International Security Advisory Board, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of the American Academy of Diplomacy.
Ambassador Hunter has written more than 900 publications, including journal articles, book chapters, op-eds, and two books: Building Security in the Persian Gulf and Education Never Ends. He has also been a leading speech writer for several U.S. Presidents and Vice Presidents. A Fulbright Scholar, Ambassador Hunter attended Wesleyan University (B.A.) and the London School of Economics (PhD).
Ambassador Charles A. Gargano. Mr. Gargano is a partner at Greenview Realty Corporation. His vast experience spans both the private and public sector. Ambassador Gargano has spent more than 20 years in public service at the Federal and State level, serving two presidents as well as the administration of Governor Pataki. He was appointed by Governor Pataki and served as Chairman and CEO of the Empire State Development Corporation and Vice-Chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from 1995 to 2007.
Mr. Gargano was a United States Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago from 1988 to 1991, and was also appointed Deputy Administrator of the Federal Urban Mass Transportation Administration in 1981. Ambassador Gargano, a licensed professional engineer, was a partner in Posillico Construction and Engineering Corporation for 21 years before entering public service. Ambassador Gargano attended Fairleigh Dickinson University and Manhattan College and holds bachelors and masters degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA. Ambassador Charles Gargano also holds four honorary doctorate degrees.
The Ambassadors joined the Council’s Board because, as Ambassador Hunter put it, “When it comes to US-Iran relations, the American Iranian Council is the leader. It pioneered the market place of ideas, has raised the level of debate, and consistently provided a top platform for dialogue and understanding. More significantly, it has never wavered from its commitment to diplomacy and a peaceful approach to resolving issues. I am pleased to join this organization and its prominent Board of Directors.” Reflecting on the statement, Ambassador Gargano said, “I fully concur with Ambassador Hunter.”
Commenting on this significant development at the AIC, Professor Hooshang Amirahmadi, Founder and President of the Council, said “Ambassadors Hunter and Gargano bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in diplomacy and business that most suit US-Iran relations in this historic moment in their constructive engagement. The Council is fortunate to have them on its side at this critical time.”
About: The AIC is a 501(c) (3) tax-deductible organization headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey. The Council pioneered the push for normalization of relations between the United States and Iran over two decades ago. The Council’s achievements remain unsurpassed. To cite just one example, Secretary Madeleine Albright delivered her historic speech on Iran at an AIC event, when she expressed regret about past US policy mistakes (including the 1953 coup), lifted sanctions on carpets and food items, and offered Iran a global settlement. Years later, Iran's President Mohammad Khatami would characterize this event as a "missed opportunity."
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