Unconventional thinking about the Middle East.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Questions for the 'Iran-engagers'

I have a new piece out on Hudson-NY about why I think America's new policy of bartering with Iran over Iraq will lead nowhere.

Sample:

Of course, stereotypes are frowned upon in polite company, and there’s no politer company than that of diplomats, hell bent as they are on striking deals with the world’s most unsavory villains. But would it hurt to keep it in mind while haggling, considering that the jury’s still out on whether Iran’s multiple poker-faces are mere duplicity, or plain old creepy schizophrenia?

6 Comments:

Anonymous amagi said...

Nibras,

Do you think that the best way forward is to continue stonewalling? It's my understanding that Ahmadinejad is losing ground to the reformists... what do you think the necessary conditions are for rapproachment?

10:29 AM, March 12, 2009

 
Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

Hi amagi,

As you know, I don't have the authority or the standing to stonewall anything. I'm just a guy asking questions.

I'm also no expert on Iran (...at least not by my definition of expertise). But I've followed events there, read plenty about it, and even travelled around the country. And with my limited understanding of Iranian affairs, I still don't get why people are ecstatic about the conservative/moderate rivalry: wasn't this in place since day one of the revolution? Why do Iran-engagers assume that it is the goal of the moderates to reach a rapprochment with the West?

How moderate can someone be if they've emerged from within this type of regime?

Best,

Nibras

12:28 PM, March 12, 2009

 
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