We have just returned from New York, where we spent the last few days observing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinajed’s visit to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Hillary provided “color commentary” for Al Jazeera’s UNGA coverage, and both of us had a number of conversations and meetings with a range of interesting interlocutors. We were able to meet with President Ahmadinejad twice, and are especially grateful that the President took the time yesterday, at the end of one of his typically very long days in New York (which included his address to the General Assembly), to meet with students from the seminar on U.S.-Iranian diplomacy that Hillary is teaching at Yale University this semester. (Please pardon our backs to the camera in the photo above. For a report and some additional photographs from our meeting, as published by IRNA, see here.)
We will be weighing in next week with our reflections about Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York, the state of U.S.-Iranian relations, and other issues. In the meantime, we would encourage everyone to look at Ahmadinejad’s interview with Charlie Rose taped earlier this week, see here, and to read the transcript, see here.
–Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett