Iran: Confrontation or Conversation? featuring panelist Karim SadjadpourThe troubled relationship between the United States and Iran has never been as uncertain as it is now. In Washington (and much of Europe) there exists a visceral reaction to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad and a strong belief that Tehran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program. Among Iranian officials there exists a visceral reaction to George W. Bush and a strong suspicion that the nuclear issue is simply a pretext used by a U.S. administration whose ultimate goal is regime change in Tehran. Yet, for the first time since Iran's 1979 revolution, both governments have recently stated publicly that they're ready for dialogue with the other. Which is likely to prevail, confrontation or conversation?Karim Sadjadpour is the International Crisis Group's Iran analyst, based in Tehran and Washington DC. Over the past three years he has conducted dozens of interviews with senior Iranian, American, and European officials, as well as hundreds of interviews with Iranian intellectuals, clerics, dissidents, paramilitaries, businessmen, students, activists, and youth, among others.moreless
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