February 9, 2009
Iranian president’s popularity wanes as challenger emerges

In Iran, the hardline president, Mahmoud¬†Ahmadinejad, is going to be challenged in the country’s June election by a far more moderate reform candidate — the former president Mohammed Khatami. The news has important implications for Iran’s relationship with the United States.

Geneive Abdo, a former journalist based in Iran and now an analyst with the Century Foundation in Washington, joins Martin Savidge to discuss Khatami’s decision, how his victory would theoretically transform Iran-U.S. relations and¬†Vice President Joe Biden’s statement that the United States is willing to talk to Iran.

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Why should Iran make a compromise?


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