Let’s Talk Iran (and stuff)

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Building Bridges Between Two Communities

April 5th, 2012

What is often forgotten or ignored in the talks of war with Iran are the two communities who are at the center of many of the debates - the Iranian-American and Jewish-American community. We talk with Rabbi Marc Gopin, director George Mason University's Center on Religion, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution, on how our two communities can learn from one another and dispel the fears on both sides. As an accomplished author, professor, researcher, and consultant Rabbi Gopin focuses on the role of religion and culture in not sparking conflict, but as a critical component to reaching lasting resolutions between peoples and nations.


Empirical Evidence Shows Broad Sanctions Don’t Work

March 19th, 2012

Some argue that sanctions will lead to regime change and/or change the course of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Others argue that it does nothing but hurt the Iranian people and weaken the indigenous pro-democracy movement. In the latest episode, we chat with Natasha Bahrami, a foreign policy researcher in D.C., about  the track record of broad economic sanctions and their impact on democratization across the world.  Natasha co-wrote a piece with Trita Parsi in the Boston Review entitled, “Blunt Instrument”, explaining through empirical evidence that sanctions in fact don't bring about democratization.


Remembering Bam

March 7th, 2012

In this episode of "Let's Talk Iran" we chat with Jahangir Golestan-Parast, producer & director of the documentary film "Bam.6.6". Nine years after a devastating earthquake struck the ancient city of Bam, this film not only remembers the 40,000 plus victims that were lost during the catastrophe but also creates a humanitarian bridge between cultures and breaks down stereotypical images fostered by political agenda.


A Single Roll of the Dice

February 22nd, 2012

We sit down with NIAC's very own, Trita Parsi to discuss his latest book, "A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama's Diplomacy with Iran". Trita uncovers the previously unknown story of American and Iranian negotiations during Obama's early years as president, the calculations behind the two nations' dealings, and the real reasons for their current stalemate.


“Bridge to Iran” & Iranian Documentary Film

February 9th, 2012

In this episode, we talk with Parisa Soultani, host of LinkTV's "Bridge to Iran", about their Iranian documentary series. The series fills a knowledge gap by providing Americans with informed, insider's views on modern Iranian society, through documentaries made by Iranian directors, living both inside Iran and within the Iranian diaspora.


Iranian Schindler: Sardari’s Plight to Save Iranian-Jews

January 26th, 2012

We discuss with Fariborz Mohktari, his latest book, "In the Lion's Shadow", detailing the work of an Iranian Schindler, Abdol-Hossein Sardari during World War II. Mokhtari tells the story of Sardari and his plight to save Iranian-Jews in France as well as detailing Iran's international relations during this time. Mokhtari is a Professor of Political Science at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies.


Rising Tensions, Rising Threat?

January 13th, 2012

Presidential GOP candidates calling for war with Iran. Crippling sanctions on Iran's Central Bank. Assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist. Threats to block the Strait of Hormuz. Sentencing of an American former marine. What does this all mean for U.S.-Iran relations?  We sit down with NIAC's very own, Reza Marashi (Research Director) to examine the threat of war and potential for diplomacy.


The Parallels Between Iraq and Iran

December 9th, 2011

What are the parallels in Iraq's former nuclear program and Iran's current nuclear program? What can we learn from the Iraq of the past when dealing with Iran of the present? We discuss these questions and more with expert on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction program and current assistant professor at the Norwegian Defense University College, Malfrid Braut-Hegghammer.


Is Iran Building a Nuke?

November 16th, 2011

Interview with Ali Vaez, a Fellow of Science and Technology and the Director of the Iran project at the  Federation of American Scientists, discussing the recent report the International Atomic Energy Agency released to the United Nations last week on Iran's nuclear program and the implications this has for U.S./Iran relations.


Implications of Tougher Sanctions

October 27th, 2011

Discussion with renowned Iranian economist and business consultant, Bijan Khajehpour on the economic and political implications of tougher sanctions on Iran. Bijan discusses the winners and losers of tough sanctions and suggests key policy initiatives the U.S. and Iran can take to diffuse the current crises.