Friday, February 28, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Breakfast with Elliott: Professor Jillian Burns and Garrett Nada (Washington, DC)


Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW, Suite 401
Washington, DC 20052

For those who are located outside of Washington or not able to attend in-person, this event will also be available for virtual participation. Details will be sent following registration.

Event Description

Over light breakfast, Professor Jillian Burns and alumnus Garrett Nada, MA '12, will discuss recent developments with Iran, providing a perspective on the building tension in the aftermath of the U.S. airstrike that killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. Our speakers will share their thoughts on regional security and use a wide lens to analyze recent actions in what is a dynamic and continuously-evolving situation.


Jillian Burns HeadshotJillian Burns joined the Foreign Service in 1993 and spent most of her career as a political officer working on the Middle East, particularly on Iran. Prior to retiring in November 2014, she served as the Director of the Near East Affairs Office in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. She served as Consul and Senior Civilian Representative in Herat, Afghanistan from September 2012 September 2013. For the first half of 2012, Ms. Burns did a detail assignment outside of the State Department, during which time she was the first National Intelligence Officer for Iran at the National Intelligence Council.

Garrett Nada Headshot

Garrett Nada is a program officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He is the managing editor of two projects. “The Iran Primer” website provides objective analysis on Iran’s politics, economy, military, foreign policy, and nuclear program. “The Islamists: Who They Really Are” website covers the origins, evolution, and positions of Islamist movements in the Middle East. Nada began working at the U.S. Institute of Peace shortly after receiving an M.A. in Middle East Studies from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in 2012.