Panel Debate: Iran’s Parliamentary elections and ramifications for EU policy


The Transatlantic Institute has the pleasure of inviting you to join us for an off-the-record panel debate on:

Iran’s Parliamentary elections and ramifications for EU policy

Wednesday, 2nd April 2008 – 17.30 – 19.00

At the: MaeIbeek Room, International Press Center, Residence Palace, Rue de la loi 155, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

Guest Speakers:

Didier Cossé, Desk Officer in charge of Iran at DGE 5 – External Affairs, Middle East Task Force, Council of the European Union. Didier Cossé was previously in charge of human rights and non-proliferation at the Office of High Representative Mr. Javier Solana. He is a graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (IEP) and the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA).

Mehdi Khalaji, Visiting Fellow at the Washington Institute, focusing on the role of politics in contemporary Shiite clericalism in Iran and Iraq. A Shiite theologian by training, he trained in the seminaries of Qom, the traditional centre of Iran’s clerical establishment, from 1986 – 2000. He later joined the BBC Persian Service and then Radio Farda, the U.S. government Persian news service. He has written widely on contemporary Iranian issues.

Moderator: Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi, Executive Director of the Transatlantic Institute

To participate, please contact the Transatlantic Institute at +32 2 500 72 85 or by e-mail at


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