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Fifth Annual Lore Kephart Lecture Series Oct. 8 Features Ray Takeyh, PhD, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Ray Takeyh, PhD

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Ray Takeyh, PhD will deliver the fifth annual Lore Kephart '86 Distinguished Historians Lecture on Tuesday, October 8 at 7 pm in the Villanova Room of Connelly Center.  His lecture is entitled “Iran in Transition: US-Iran Relations in the Nuclear Age.”

Dr. Takeyh is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and adjunct professor, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University. His areas of specialization are Iran, political reform in the Middle East and Islamist movements and parties. Prior to joining the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Takeyh was Senior Advisor on Iran at the Department of State. He was previously a fellow at the Washington Institute of Near East Policy and has taught at the National War College, Yale University and University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Takeyh is the author of The Guardians of the Revolution: Iran's Approach to the World (Oxford University Press, 2009). He is also the author of two previous books, Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic (Henry Holt, 2006) and The Origins of the Eisenhower Doctrine: The U.S., Britain and Nasser's Egypt, 1953-1957 (St. Martin's Press, 2000). Dr. Takeyh has published widely, including articles in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, National Interest, Survival, World Policy Journal, Washington Quarterly, Orbis, Middle East Journal and Middle East Policy. His commentary has also been featured in many newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times and International Herald Tribune.

Takeyh has testified frequently in front various congressional committees and has appeared on PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Charlie Rose, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, BBC, FOX and CSPAN. Dr. Takeyh has a doctorate in modern history from Oxford University.

The Lore Kephart '86 Distinguished Historians Lecture Series was established in memory of Lore Kephart '86 through an endowment to the University by her husband Horace L. Kephart.
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