Iran, Syria, and Mid-East Security Update

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Syrian woman gestures as she works on flags to be used in a demonstration at a workshop in Qusayr. (gia/Getty)

The unrest in Syria implicates Iran-US-Israel relations, as does the news of the latest computer virus known as "flame." We check in on Iranian stability with Afshin Molavi, senior research fellow at the New America Foundation and former Tehran-based correspondent for the Washington Post.

Comments [6]

The Truth from Becky

Let Russia intervene.

May. 31 2012 10:43 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Charles Taylor's sentencing may unfortunately be less telling and effective than we think. His "ex-wife", Jewel Howard Taylor, is a high-ranking senator in Liberia who many think could succeed Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (who, by the way, is from the same party as Charles Taylor)...This stuff is much more complex than it is often portrayed in the media.

May. 31 2012 10:42 AM
Taher from C

Russia has a huge navel base in Tartus, Syria.
It is their window into the Mediterranean and out of the Black Sea.

May. 31 2012 10:41 AM
robert from NYC

Never mind Asaad how about Bush and Cheney!!! Somehow Americans think we're exempt or should be exempt from International Justice because our system of government based on out incredible Constitution is how we run our administrations. But that most assuredly has changed in the past 10 or more years. We have moved away from the Constitution we so rightfully admire. We don't follow it's prescription any longer. American exceptionalism is really become American arrogance unjustified.

May. 31 2012 10:37 AM
Neil from Austin

Folks, we are witnessing a regime change being staged in Syria.

I grew up in Iran during the so-called Iranian Revolution. For me, the events in Syria, especially the recent massacres, are deja vu all over again. In 1978-79 there were a number of atrocities perpetrated in Iran, which were blamed on the Shah, weakened him, and played a decisive role in his losing grip on the power. (The most important was the burning of Cinema Rex in Abadan, in which 400 people were incinerated. It was blamed on the Shah, but it later turned out that the mullahs were responsible for it.) Now there are massacres perpetrated by extremists Sunnis with ties to various groups outside Syria. What's next? A Nato no-fly zone?


May. 31 2012 09:55 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


“There is ample evidence that the Iranian regime views normal relations with the United States as undesirable, even threatening, while it views a nuclear weapons capability as strategically vital.
For any negotiation to succeed, one must begin by understanding the interests of the other side. The fundamental bargain offered by the U.S. asks Iran to trade something it apparently values enormously -- the ability to produce nuclear weapons -- for something in which it has no demonstrable interest and likely regards as threatening, closer ties with the West
The true failure of Baghdad and previous rounds of talks is the failure to correctly apprehend Iranian ambitions and implement a strategy to counter them.”

Michael Singh is managing director of The Washington Institute and a former senior director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council.
New York Daily News(!) May 30 (More probity than the Obama-beholden NYT!)

May. 31 2012 06:36 AM

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