Access Minnesota

17 July 2013

Elections in Iran and the US Arming of Syrian Rebels

For the week of July 21st, 2013

As it has for decades, political volatility in the Middle East continues to confound the West. The recent elections in Iran are no exception as an unexpected victor captured the presidency. Hassan Rohani is viewed by many as a moderate, and some experts believe he may usher in an era of improved relations between Iran and the U.S. But others remain skeptical. This week on Access Minnesota, University of Minnesota Professor Bill Beeman discusses the Iranian elections and the current Mid-East situation.

  • Guest: Bill Beeman, Chair of the Anthropology Department at the University of Minnesota and a veteran commentator on Middle East politics
  • Issues: Hassan Rohani‚Äôs election as president of Iran; Freedom of Iranian elections; Improving US-Iran relations; Why the international community has stayed out of the Syrian conflict; Why the US decided to arm Syrian rebels

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