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Gary Sick

Visiting Lecturer (Mini Series)


Senior Research Scholar at SIPA's Middle East Institute and Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs. Prof. Sick served on the National Security Council under Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan. He was the principal White House aide for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis. Sick is a captain (ret.) in the U.S. Navy, with service in the Persian Gulf, North Africa, and the Mediterranean. He was the deputy director for International Affairs at the Ford Foundation from 1982 to 1987, where he was responsible for programs relating to U.S. foreign policy. Prof. Sick teaches at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he has regularly been voted one of the top five teachers. He is a member (emeritus) of the board of Human Rights Watch in New York and founding chair of its advisory committee on the Middle East and North Africa. He is the executive director of Gulf/2000, an international online research project on political, economic and security developments in the Persian Gulf, being conducted at Columbia University since 1993 with support from a number of major foundations. BA, University of Kansas, Master of Science, George Washington University, PhD, Columbia University.

Publications: October Surprise: America's Hostages in Iran and the Election of Ronald Reagan (1991); All Fall Down: America's Tragic Encounter with Iran (1985)



  • Iran
  • Middle East
  • United States


  • American Foreign Policy