Wednesday, January 23, 2008

What to Do About Iran?

Last night, The Spectator and Intelligence Squared hosted a debate on whether it would be better to bomb Iran than let it develop nuclear weapons. The speakers for the motion included the former CIA Middle East specialist Reuel Marc Gerecht and the political scientists Emanuele Ottolenghi and Bruno Tertrais. Sir Richard Dalton, the former British ambassador to Iran, Ali Ansari, a leading academic expert on Iran and Simon Jenkins, the columnist and former editor, opposed the motion. You can listen to the whole debate here.
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Ali Ansari? When did he become an expert???


Winston said...

Good post! I am reading Ali Ansari's recent book on Iran. Seems to be a fair-minded individual so far. Have heard him talk on several US radio talk shows too. He's not very well-known in North America.

Azarmehr said...

Ali Ansari, a staunch Khatami promoter, is the guy who facilitated Khatami's Honorary PHD at St. Andrews.

I haven't listened to the debate yet to be fair though. Ansari has a good barometer for when to change.

Winston said...

hmmm, I didn't know that Azarmehr. Thanks for clarifying that.