Fereydoun Hoveyda, 82, a former Iranian ambassador to the United Nations, died of cancer Friday at his home in Clifton, Va., a family friend said.
He served as Iran's ambassador to the U.N. from 1971 to 1979, the year his brother, former Prime Minister Amir Abbas Hoveyda, was executed after Iran's Islamic revolution. After leaving the Iranian foreign service, Hoveyda became a senior fellow at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy.
His books include "What Do the Arabs Want?" (1991), "The Broken Crescent: The Threat of Militant Islamic Fundamentalism" (2002) and "The Shah and the Ayatollah: Iranian Mythology and Islamic Revolution" (2003).
Hoveyda was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1924. He earned a doctorate in international law and economics from the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1948 he participated in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.