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Understanding Iran


It’s been over thirty years since the U.S. severed all diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and regardless of president or party, not much has changed. Today, concerns over Iran’s nuclear ambitions dominate. Meanwhile, in a recent speech, President Obama said that no options are off the table, including the use of force against the country. 


Bill Martel: Professor of International Security at Tufts University's Fletcher School and author of "Victory in War: Foundations of Modern Strategy"

Ali Reza Jalili: Professor of Business at New England College and founding member of the Forum for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at New England College. He was born in Iran.

Geneive Abdo: Director of the Iran Program at the Middle East Institute. She was formerly the Liaison Officer for the Alliance of Civilizations, a U.N. initiative under Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Before joining the United Nations, Abdo was a foreign correspondent for the Guardian and a regular contributor to The Economist.