University of Pittsburgh
September 16, 2008

Pitt's Matthew B. Ridgway Speaker Series to Present A Lecture by Ray Takeyh: "Iran in the New Middle East," Oct. 7

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH-The University of Pittsburgh's Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies will present a lecture by Ray Takeyh, a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, as part of its speaker series. A specialist on Iran, the Persian Gulf, and U.S. foreign policy, Takeyh will present a free public lecture titled "Iran in the New Middle East" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in Room 1500, Posvar Hall, 230 S. Bouquet St., Oakland.

Takeyh is a contributing editor for "The National Interest," published by the Nixon Center in Washington, D.C. He was formerly a professor of national security studies at the National War College and a professor and director of studies at the Near East and South Asia Center, National Defense University.

Author of "Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic" (Times Books, 2006) and "The Origins of the Eisenhower Doctrine: The U.S., Britain and Nasser's Egypt, 1953-1957" (MacMillan Press, 2000), Takeyh is currently working on a book titled "The Guardians of the Revolution: Iran's Approach to the World" (under contract by Oxford University Press).

Takeyh has published widely, including articles in "Foreign Affairs," "Foreign Policy," "World Policy Journal," "Washington Quarterly," "Middle East Journal," "Political Science Quarterly," and "Middle East Policy." His commentary also has been featured in many newspapers, including "The New York Times," "Washington Post," "Los Angeles Times," "Financial Times," and "International Herald Tribune." He has appeared on "The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer," "The Charlie Rose Show," NBC, CBS, and BBC, among others.

This event is cosponsored by the National Security Network and the Pittsburgh Middle East Institute.

Visit the Ridgway Center's Web site for additional information (, or contact Beverly Brizzi at 412-624-7884 or

The Ridgway Center is part of Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.