From 1969 until late 1979 the Institute
maintained a Center in Tehran with a resident American director.
In addition to providing hostel
facilities and the means of bringing together American and
Iranian colleagues, the director formally represented American
scholars and students to the Iranian government in all official
matters connected with the pursuit of research in Iran.
In 1979 political difficulties between the governments of
Iran and the United States resulted in the withdrawal of the
resident American director and the closing of the Tehran
Center. Currently, a resident American director who serves also as the six-month
fellow resides in Tehran for periods of six months, overseeing the programs there.