Free Forum: Talking with Tehran?
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A conversation with
Dr. Ali Ferdowsi
Chair, History and Political Science Dept., Notre Dame de Namur University
It has been thirty years since the Islamic revolution in Iran. It has also been thirty years since the United States and Iran last talked directly with each other. New U.S. President Barack Obama said during his campaign that he would be willing to sit down and negotiate with the Islamic Republic. Recent statements by Iranian leaders indicate they too might be willing to open a dialogue. Is there really a chance for a thaw in relations?
At the same time, powerful forces -- in Washington and Israel -- will not only oppose a diplomatic opening to Tehran, they will continue to press for a preemptive military attack to destroy Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons development sites, which Iran continues to insist are aimed at developing nuclear power only. And finally, national elections in Iran are coming up soon. The outcome of those elections may change the entire equation -- for better or for worse.
Dr. Ali Ferdowsi is a native of Iran who continues to travel there every year to research the latest political dynamics in that complex nation.
This program is part of the ongoing Other Voices series produced by Peninsula Peace and Justice Center. It will be broadcast live on Mid-Peninsula Community Media Cable Channel 27, webcast at www.MidPenMedia.org, and rebroadcast throughout March. Be a part of the live studio audience!
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