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Josef Korbel School Hosts Alumnus Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister

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New York Area Alumni and Friends Attend Special Event

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The Josef Korbel School hosted a University of Denver alumni event in New York with special guest and DU alumnus Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister.

Doug Scrivner, Chair of the DU Board of Trustees, introduced the event attended by more than 120 New York area DU alumni and friends, nine Sie Fellows representing the Korbel School's Sie Cheou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy.

Mohammed Javad Zarif and Dean Hill at event

Ambassador Christopher R. Hill, dean of the Josef Korbel School, held an on-stage foreign policy conversation with Minister Zarif. Topics included the course of negotiations for the Iran nuclear deal, current Middle East regional issues including the situation in Syria and Iranian-Saudi relations. Minister Zarif's attendance coincided with his trip to New York for the United Nations General Assembly. 

Minister Zarif earned both his MA and PhD in International Studies from DU’s Graduate School of International Studies (now the Josef Korbel School) in 1984 and 1988, respectively. To cap off the New York alumni event, he was presented with a Pioneers lacrosse helmet, among other DU mementos.

Founded in 1964, the Josef Korbel School of International Studies is one of the world’s leading schools for the study of international relations. The School offers degree programs in international affairs and is named in honor of its founder and first dean, Josef Korbel.