Future U.S.-Iran Trajectories Through the Lens of Former Hostages (2013)


An Evening of Dialogue with two former hostages of Iran from the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran

21 May 2013

5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
AAAS Headquarters
1200 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.

On November 4, 1979 a mob of Iranian students and militants supporting the Iranian revolution stormed the American Embassy Tehran, taking seventy Americans hostage. In what was to become one of America’s defining diplomatic crises, the hostages were held in Iran for four hundred and forty-four days.

The Iranian hostage crisis—which was recently sensationalized for the American public in the film Argo—has had a deep and enduring impact on the next thirty years of the U.S.-Iranian relationship. In a conversation moderated by Dr. Norman Neureiter of AAAS, former US diplomats and hostages, Ambassadors Bruce Laingen and John Limbert, will talk about their internment in Tehran, their ultimate release, the truth and Hollywood behind the film Argo, the current nuclear standoff between the U.S. and Iran and share some surprising views on how one might deal with Iran today. Reception to follow.

Day of Event:
Enter at NW corner of 12th and H Streets
Washington DC 20005

Registration: 5:00 p.m.
Program: 5:15 p.m.
Reception: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.