General background for Ambassador Pickering’s 2/27 public presentation at the Center for the Arts may be found at the websites of the following organizations  in which Ambassador Pickering is actively involved:

  1. Council on Foreign Relations: www.cfr.org; www.cfr.org/search/?Ntt=PICKERING+&submit.x=16&submit.y=12;
  2. The Stimson Center: www.stimson.org
  3. International Crisis Group: www.crisisgroup.org

See the following about recent relations between the US and Iran, a particular current interest of Ambassador Pickering:

  1. The Iran Project. “Strategic Options for Iran: Balancing Pressure with Diplomacy.” http://www.scribd.com/doc/136389836/Strategic-Options-for-Iran-Balancing-Pressure-with-Diplomacy#fullscreen
  2. “For a New Approach to Iran” by William Luers, Thomas R. Pickering and Jim Walsh  … http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2013/aug/15/new-approach-iran/?pagination=false
  3. “Crisis Guide: Iran” from Council on Foreign Relations website. http://www.cfr.org/search/?Ntt=Iran&submit.x=20&submit.y=11