A House Committee has initiated an inquiry into the role of Hossein Mousavian at Princeton University, suspecting him of advancing Iran's interests.
The House Committee of Education and the Workforce is probing the Pro-Tehran pundit who served as a key figure in Iran's nuclear negotiations with the international community until 2005. He is currently a Middle East Security and Nuclear Policy Specialist at the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton.
Twelve Republican committee members have expressed concerns about Mousavian's influence on campus, citing his participation in Qassem Soleimani's funeral and an appearance on Iranian TV. Mousavian denies the allegations.
The investigation aims to assess potential threats to national security and underscores broader worries about malign influences infiltrating US education.
Representative Virginia Foxx has emphasized the 15-year tenure of Mousavian at Princeton as a troubling instance of individuals associated with hostile regimes within US education.
Notably, the revelation that STRATCOM hosted Mousavian as a speaker in August 2023 has raised concerns among House Committee members and the Armed Services Committees. Mousavian clarified that his talk at STRATCOM focused on peace in the Middle East.
Despite a recent declassified US intelligence report asserting that Iran is not currently engaged in key nuclear weapons activities, European reports from 2023 suggest the presence of an active atomic weapons program. Princeton University has yet to respond to inquiries regarding the investigation.