HOOSHANG AMIRAHMADI holds a Ph.D. in planning and international development from Cornell University and is a professor at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He is director of the University's Center for Middle East Studies and has served as chair and graduate director of his department. Dr. Amirahmadi is the founder and president of American-Iranian Council, a research and policy think tank devoted to improving understanding between the peoples of Iran and the United States. Dr. Amirahmadi is the author of Revolution and Economic Transition: The Iranian Experience, and editor of ten other books including The Caspian Region at a Crossroad: A New Frontier of Energy and Development; Small Islands, Big Politics: The Tomb and Abu Musa Islands in the Persian Gulf; The United States and the Middle East: A Search for New Perspectives; Post-Revolutionary Iran; Iran and the Arab World; and Reconstruction and Regional Diplomacy in the Persian Gulf. He has also published over 200 journal articles and book chapters and is a frequent contributor to many conferences in Europe, North America, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. His writings have been translated and published in Europe, Iran and the Arab world. Dr. Amirahmadi has held several fellowships and is a recipient of many grants from several distinguished institutions. He is a frequent contributor to national and international TV, radio and newspapers, and has served as consultant for the UNDP, the Aga Khan Foundation, the World Bank, and several governments and private companies.