Emad Kiyaei

Emad Kiyaei, who served until 2016 as the director of the American Iranian Council (AIC) will join the Hamilton College faculty this fall as the Sol M. Linowitz Visiting Professor of International Affairs in the Government Department.

Kiyaei is now a principal at the international consulting firm IGD Group, where he provides political, business and civil society leaders with strategic advice in the intersection of political risk, diplomacy and technology. Last October he spoke at Hamilton on “The 2016 U.S. Elections and what it means for U.S.-Iran Relations.

Kiyaei is the co-author of a forthcoming book, Weapons of Mass Destruction: A new approach to non-proliferation, to be published by Routledge and Chatham House in 2017. He consulted with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany during the Iranian nuclear negotiations (2013-2016).

Formerly, he was a researcher on the geopolitics of the Middle East for Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs and an associate at Columbia University’s Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR).  Kiyaei now serves as a policy advisor for the AIC.  

Kiyaei regularly contributes and provides interviews to national and international media, including Al Jazeera, BBC, Business Insider, CBS, Foreign Policy, NPR and PBS. He also appeared in the renowned documentary on cyber warfare, Zero Days. Kiyaei holds a Master’s of International Affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs with a concentration in economic and political development.

The Linowitz Visiting Professorship, established in 1986, is named in honor of Sol Linowitz, a 1935 Hamilton graduate who served as ambassador to the Organization of American States, chairman of the board of Xerox and co-negotiator of the Panama Canal treaties. He was President Jimmy Carter's representative in the Middle East negotiations from 1979 to 1981. The holder of the Linowitz chair teaches an upper-level seminar course while at Hamilton.

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