August 8, 2002
SFSU alumnus M. Javad Zarif, who earned bachelor's and master's degrees in international relations in 1981 and 1982, respectively, was recently named permanent representative of Iran to the United Nations.
Prior to his current appointment, Zarif, 42, served as Iran's deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, a position he held since 1992. Previously, he was deputy permanent representative to the United Nations in New York.
Throughout his career, Zarif has held leadership positions on numerous intergovernmental bodies. In 2001, he was chairman of the Asian Preparatory Meeting for the U.N. World Conference on Racism.
The author of numerous publications, Zarif also has held a variety of university faculty positions in Iran, lecturing on topics such as human rights, international law, international organizations and multilateral diplomacy. In 1997 he became a visiting professor of international law at the University of Tehran. He has also served as a visiting professor at the College of International Relations in Tehran since 1989.
Zarif holds a master's degree in international relations from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver and a doctorate in international law and politics from the University of Denver.
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