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Ambassador John W. Limbert to Speak at Montgomery College, April 1 Former hostage in Iran to discuss “The U.S. and Iran: Endless Enemies”

Former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Ambassador John Limbert, will speak at Montgomery College-Rockville on Friday, April 1 from 2-3:15 p.m. in the Technical Center, Room 136, located at 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD. Limbert’s talk, “The U.S. and Iran: Endless Enemies,” will cover the tenuous relationship between the United States and Iran.

Limbert has written numerous books and articles, including his 2009 book, “Negotiating with Iran: Wrestling the Ghosts of History.” As a junior foreign service officer, Limbert was one of the Americans taken hostage in Tehran in 1979 and most recently served as deputy assistant secretary in charge of Iranian affairs. Limbert will be available to sign books after the discussion.

Limbert is currently a professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the U.S. Naval Academy. During a 33-year career in the United States Foreign Service, he served mostly in the Middle East and Islamic Africa. He was president of the American Foreign Service Association (2003-05) and ambassador to Mauritania (2000-03). In 2009-2010, while on leave from the Naval Academy, he served as deputy assistant secretary in the Department’s Bureau of Near East Affairs.

Limbert holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University in History and Middle Eastern Studies. Before joining the Foreign Service he taught in Iran as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kurdestan from 1964-1966 and at Shiraz University from 1969-1972.

John Limbert holds the Department of State’s highest award – the Distinguished Service Award – and the Award for Valor, which he received in 1981 after the 14 months as a hostage in Iran.

For further information, contact Elkin Taylor, 301-229-9270 or

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