Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi, a professor of public policy at New Jersey's Rutgers University, wishes to contest Iran's presidential elections this June.
A citizen of Iran and the U.S., Amirahmadi desires to resolve the internal political conflicts that are plaguing Iran's government and fix Iran's economic crisis due to the U.S. and E.U. sanctions.
Amirahmadi told New Jersey Jewish news that these problems were not going to vanish immediately. Communication was necessary and both the countries needed to hold talks to learn more about each other and to reduce mutual mistrust and bitterness among themselves.
"Who can they find better than me as a peacemaker - someone who understands American language, Iranian language, American culture, Iranian culture, and can go back and forth? I feel like I am the one," Amirahmadi told the Philly Postsaid.
However, Iran's Guardian Council is unlikely to provide Amirahmadi an election ticket this year as they had already rejected his candidature in 2005.
Plus, Iran's presidential candidates normally do not live in enemy territory or country.
Guardian Council is a conservative group of Islamic jurists, formed by the Supreme Leader to monitor Iranian Constitution and to select candidates for national elections.
Hooman Majd, Iranian-American author of "The Ayatollah's Democracy: An Iranian Challenge," told JNS that Amirahmadi's chances with the Guardian Council are zero percent.
Amirahmadi was born in Gilan province, Iran. He came to the U.S. in 1975 and completed his master's degree in industrial management from the University of Dallas and Ph.D in planning and international management from Cornell University.
He is the founder and director of American Iranian Council (AIC), which focuses on public policy and U.S.-Iran relations.