middle east | March 03, 2011

Are the Middle East Revolutions Strengthening Iran? Reza Aslan Weighs In

In a short video for the Council on Foreign Relations, Reza Aslan addresses European and American commentators who believe the wave of revolution sweeping the Middle East only serves to strengthen Iran. “If you think of the relationship between the United States and Iran as some sort of Cold War relationship,” Aslan says, “then, yes, there’s no question that these democratic revolutions do benefit Iran — in the short term. But I think that’s a short-sighted and narrow view of what’s going on right now.” For the rest of the CFR interview with Reza Aslan — including his thoughts on why the Egypt of the near future may look a lot like the Turkey of today — watch the video above.

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