WCVE Forum April 17: “Tehran Rising: Persian Power in an Unstable Region”
From America Abroad – As citizens rise up across the Middle East, they fear more than reprisals of their own rulers. Many worry that leaders from Iran are looking to capitalize on a de-stabilized Middle East. They fear Iran wants to acquire more power and influence in the region.
The balance appears to be tipping in Tehran’s favor: Iran has solid footholds in Iraq, Lebanon, and Gaza. And it’s eyeing potential openings across the Arab world… From Riyadh to Washington, alarms are sounding.
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- Sean Carberry reports from Bahrain, where recent unrest between the majority Shiite population and the Sunni regime may play out in Iran’s favor. Guests include: Ali, a 27-year-old resident of Manama; Mohammed, a 24-year old oil worker; Kristin Smith Diwan, an assistant professor at American University’s School of International Service, and an expert on the Gulf.
- Deborah Amos traces the history of past Iranian efforts to project influence throughout the Middle East. Guests include: Suzanne Maloney, a Senior Fellow with the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution, and Ray Takeyh, an expert on Iran at the Council on Foreign Relations.
- Sean Carberry travels to Lebanon—one of the central fronts in the battle between Saudi Arabia and Iran for regional dominance—where Iran is deepening its influence. Guests include: Talal Atrissi, a professor of sociology at the Lebanese University in Beirut; Rabia, a 40-year-old resident of Ashrafieh, a predominantly Christian neighborhood; Ramsiya Mattar, a resident of Dahiya, a suburb of Beirut; Paul Salem, director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut; Mohammed Shattah, senior advisor for foreign policy to outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
- Iranians in the US share their thoughts about Iran’s growing influence in the region and its nuclear program. Guests include: Puya Jahandar, a 36-year-old blogger-activist; A 29-year-old freelance journalist; A 33-year-old graphic designer.
- Kowsar Gowhari, a 31-year-old law student, talks about the conflicting feelings she has about Iran.
- Deborah Amos speaks with two Iran experts about what the recent revolutions in the Middle East will mean for the Islamic Republic and its role in the region. Guests include: Karim Sadjadpour, an associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Ash Jain, a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.