Following¬†the US drone strike that¬†killed¬†an Iranian general in Iraq and¬†Iran,¬†shooting down a Ukrainian passenger¬†airliner, international concerns over¬†security¬†and¬†legality¬†have¬†arisen, while in¬†Iran,¬†protests¬†against the¬†government‚Äôs¬†response¬†to the¬†attack¬†on the¬†airliner¬†have¬†intensified.¬†What¬†are¬†the international and local responses to the¬†tensions¬†between the US and¬†Iran?¬†How did we¬†reach¬†this¬†point¬†of¬†crisis?¬†How do these¬†attacks¬†threaten¬†peace¬†and¬†stability¬†in the Middle East?¬†Doug Becker¬†speaks¬†with¬†Nader¬†Hashemi,¬†Asli¬†√ú.¬†B√Ęli, and¬†Nayereh¬†Tohidi.¬†

Nader Hashemi is the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at Josef Korbel School of International Studies. He is an expert in political theory and Middle East politics and is the author of Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies.

Asli √ú. B√Ęli is a Professor of Law at UCLA. She is an expert in international law and human rights and is the co-editor of Constitution Writing, Religion and Democracy.

Nayereh Tohidi is the Director of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at California State University, Northridge. She is an expert in gender politics and societal building in the Middle East.



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