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Ambassador Pickering to discuss U.S. negotiation strategy with Iran

On April 12, 2013, Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering will discuss “Unclenching Our Fists: Negotiation Strategy with Iran” at 6:30 p.m. in the Matoaka Woods Room of William & Mary’s School of Education (301 Monticello Avenue).

Officially part of &MUN, William & Mary’s first-ever intercollegiate Model United Nations (MUN) conference, this address is free and open to the public.

One of America's most respected diplomats, Pickering has served as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, the Russian Federation, Israel, India, Nigeria, Jordan and El Salvador as well as in the role of under secretary of state for political affairs.

He has also served on assignment in Zanzibar and Tanzania and holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service.

During the discussion, Pickering will question if American civil society can impact one of the most complex state interactions of the 21st century, what specific strategies American actors could use to "unclench Iran's fists” and if there is a constructive future for U.S.-Iran relations.

The &MUN conference will take place in Williamsburg on April 11 – 14, 2013, and is sponsored by the university’s International Relations Club. It will bring together teams from across the country for four days of United Nations simulation, including committee sessions in which delegates take on the role of diplomats for various countries and introduce working papers and draft resolutions proposing solutions to global issues.

According to, in hosting April's &MUN conference, William & Mary will be the only university in the country to host Model United Nations competitions at the middle school, high school and university level.