Ali Ansari on Iran by Mitch E. Perry07/18/06
In an opinion piece in todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s NY Times, Edward Luttwak, a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, wrote that Iran Ã¢â‚¬â€œ by wanting to divert attention from its nuclear ambitions- Ã¢â‚¬Å“undoubtadley sanctioned HezbollahÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s adventurism into Israel last week.Ã¢â‚¬?
Over 6 weeks, the U.S. and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s European Allies confronted Iran about their nuclear program Ã¢â‚¬â€œ which Iran insists is for peaceful, energy only purposes. But while the U.S. and others want Iran to respond now, the country says itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll get back to the world powers sometime next month.
Ali Ansari is a member of the modern history faculty at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. And heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the author of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Confronting Iran: The Failure of American Foreign Policy and the Next Great Conflict in the Middle EastÃ¢â‚¬?Ã¢â‚¬Â¦WMNF spoke with him yesterdayÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.We began by asking him about IranÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nuclear ambitions, and what that means (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?without using military forceÃ¢â‚¬?)
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ali Ansari, author of the new book, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Confronting Iran: The Failure of Modern American Policy and the Next Great Conflict in the Middle EastÃ¢â‚¬?.