I would like to thank all those family members and friends – official and unofficial – who expended great effort over the course of many years to help resolve my case, finally allowing us to leave Iran for the US.
I would like to thank the US and Swiss governments for their tremendous diplomatic efforts and support.
In particular, I would like to thank my friend Pamela Kilpadi, who launched a formidable campaign in my defense and worked persistently year after year to coordinate and facilitate various efforts on my behalf.
My oldest friend, Andrew Parker, did not hesitate to offer help at critical moments.
President Lee Bollinger of Columbia University has been a source of steadfast support, as have colleagues at Columbia and The New School.
I look forward to getting back to work in academia and rebuilding a life in the US.
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