Former White House Aide Gary Sick Speaks on “America and Iran”

Gary Sick, senior research scholar at Columbia University, spoke to students April 15 in the Kerr Lecture Hall. Sick served on the National Security Council staff under Presidents Ford, Carter and Reagan. He was the principal White House aide for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis and is the author of two books on U.S.-Iran relations, in addition to several other edited books and articles dealing with U.S. Middle East policy. Mr. Sick is a captain (ret.) in the U.S. Navy, with service in the Persian Gulf, North Africa and the Mediterranean.

Sick teaches in Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, where he was voted one of the top five teachers in 2009. He is a member (emeritus) of the board of Human Rights Watch in New York and founding chair of its advisory committee on the Middle East and North Africa. He is the executive director of Gulf/2000, an international online research project on political, economic and security developments in the Persian Gulf, being conducted at Columbia University since 1993.

Students listen to Sick's lecture. The event was sponsored by the Committee for Middle Eastern Studies at Wesleyan and The Mellon Foundation. (Photos by Stefan Weinberger '10)