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’s 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 Ü. Bâli, 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.
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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