This year’s World Affairs Forum is honored to present William Luers as its keynote speaker, who will be presenting an address entitles The Iran Nuclear Agreement: A Test for Diplomacy and Domestic Politics.
William Luers is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and Director of the Iran Project with which he has worked with a dozen former senior US Government officials for nearly 16 years to promote a diplomatic solution to the nuclear standoff with Iran. From 1999, Ambassador Luers served as President of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), a position which he held for ten years.
In 1986 Ambassador Luers was named president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and remained in the position until 1999. Prior to his 1986 move to New York to head The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Luers had a 31-year career in the Foreign Service. He served as US Ambassador to Czechoslovakia (1983-1986) and Venezuela (1978-1982) and held numerous posts in Italy, Germany, the Soviet Union, and in the Department of State, where he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe (1977-1978) and for Inter-American Affairs (1975-1977).
During his time in the US Foreign Service Luers also was a visiting lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, at George Washington University in Washington DC, and at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He was also the director’s visitor at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study in 1982-1983. Born in Springfield, Illinois, Luers received a B.A. from Hamilton College and a M.A. from Columbia University following four years in the United States Navy.