Hossein Alikhani

Hossein Alikhani was an Iranian businessman and author who was abducted in a sting operation by undercover United States Customs Service agents in 1992, and released after being held for 130 days.

Alikhani was the author of In the Claw of The Eagle: A Guide to U.S Sanctions Against Libya and Sanctioning Iran: Anatomy of a Failed Policy, and was an authority on the subject of unilateral trade sanctions and the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act of 1996. He founded the NGO Centre for World Dialogue based in Nicosia, Cyprus. Despite his own troubles in the United States, Alikhani was an avid proponent of improving US-Iran relations and enabled the first meeting between the former Iranian hostage-taker of the United States' embassy in Tehran, Abbas Abdi, and his former hostage, Barry Rosen. The reconciliation meeting in 1998 was organized by the Centre for World Dialogue and took place at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

Hossein Alikhani died on 4 March 2008 at the age of 63 after battling acute leukemia. He is survived by his wife Jila Faramarzi and his three children, Helia Alikhani, Emmy Award-winning Borna Alikhani and Dana Alikhani.

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