Saturday, September 11, 2004

Former Director General of the Ministry of Economy in Iran: A Paradigm Shift In The Middle East

Former Director General of the Ministry of Economy in Iran: A Paradigm Shift In The Middle East: "Former Director General of the Ministry of Economy in Iran: A Paradigm Shift In The Middle East
San Diego World Affairs Council Presents Insights on the Middle East with KAM ZARRABI

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004
Registration 6:00 PM
Program 6:45 PM

San Diego World Trade Center
1250 Sixth Avenue
San Diego, CA


Kam Zarrabi brings many years of Middle Eastern experience to his talk on Tuesday September 21st. Iranian by birth, he graduated from UC Los Angeles 1960, majoring in Geology. He did post graduate studies in Exploration Geophysics, Advanced Management and Economics. He worked for various subsidiaries of Standard Oil of Indiana, before returning to Iran in 1969, to become Chief of the Bureau of Mines and, later, Director General of the Ministry of Economy. He returned to private business in 1974 until the fall of the Shah caused him to return to the USA; he became a consultant for various mining interests for several years.

During the last 25 years, Kam Zarrabi has done research in philosophy, cultural anthropology, archeology, comparative religion, cross-cultural studies and foreign policy issues. He was President of the North county Chapter of the San Diego WAC, 1988-91. He has written and lectured on foreign affairs, with emphasis on the Middle East, and is a well known and respected instructor at the San Diego OASIS adult education organization.

Kam Zarrabi's talk comes from the point of view that the unique sense of confidence and optimism that has historically characterized the American people seems to be fading away behind a thickening fog of fear and suspicion. He asks whether fifty years of engagement and involvement in the Middle East have served America's best interests, strategically, economically and morally. If this were the case there would be no need to redress our foreign policy towards that region. However, he will argue that the blowback from our policies has been calamitous and is getting worse by the day and a major paradigm shift in our attitudes and modus operandi has become necessary.

For reservations please call (619) 325-8200 or register on-line at http://www.sdwac.com.

Cost is $15 for WAC Members, $20 for Guests and $5 for Students with valid ID."

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