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Exclusive interview with Ken and Pat Taylor, Ambassador of Canada to Iran during the Tehran Hostage Crisis - conducted by award winning journalist at The New York Times, Somini Sengupta
Have you watched the movie Argo (2012), which focuses on the extraction of 6 Americans out of Iran who managed to slip away from the American Embassy storming by militants? It turns out the movie only tells the tip of the iceberg of what happened in Tehran during those dark moments of International Diplomacy.
How did we end up with a highly unstable political situation that made the Hostage Crisis possible? Why did the crisis last so long? How was communication between high ranking Iranian and American officials maintained? How was the security of the 6 Americans maintained while making sure they had as good of a time as possible under the difficult circumstances? How is the shadow of those events impacting the ongoing negotiations between Western Powers and the Islamic Republic?
It turns out Ken Taylor, Canadian ambassador in Tehran, and his wife Pat played a pivotal role during the entire crisis, being in the middle of the action regarding all of the above questions.
35 years after the events, this interview with Somini Sengupta New York Times UN Bureau Chief, is a unique opportunity to unveil some mystery surrounding the events in Tehran from 2 brilliant UC Berkeley Alumni.
6-7pm: welcome and networking
7-8pm: interview with Ambassador Ken Taylor and Pat Taylor, Ph.D.
8-9pm: Q&A and more networking
For those who want to know more about Pat and Ken’s experience in Iran before the event, there will be the first US Commercial showing of documentary “Our Man In Tehran” in NYC on May 15th at Cinema Village (22 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003)