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September 28, 2009
Numerous Arab nations fear a nuclear Iran

A war of words between the United States and Iran is growing, just days before the two countries are scheduled to hold their first direct negotiations in three decades. The meeting between Iran, the U.S. and other world powers is set for Thursday in Geneva.

On Monday, Iran said it was ready for any military threat and flexed its muscles by test-firing upgraded versions of its longest-range missiles, which have a range of 1,200 miles. It tested shorter-range missiles over the weekend.

While Iran’s foreign ministry said the tests have nothing to do with last week’s disclosure that Iran is developing a second uranium enrichment plant, analysts said the timing seemed aimed at bolstering Iran’s position going into this week’s talks.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday that the American aim is to get Iran to resume negotiations on its nuclear program.

Ghassan Shabaneh, an assistant professor of international studies at Marymount Manhattan College, joins Martin Savidge to discuss how Arab nations view Iran.

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How come we do not see more of this type of analysis on CNN? way to go WF


an interesting account on Arab Arab politics. Wish we get more of that


so pleased to hear this new voice on the region. calm, informative, and interesting.


The think the analyst gives solutions to the Americans on how best to pressure Iran. The Syrian option is a good one. I hope that someone is listening to this wise man


There is no relationship to Iran at all in the Gulf other than its location. Iraq, Qutar, and other countries are closer to it than Iran. The name was possible because the Shah was a close ally of the Americans and the Israelis. Now that Iran still occupies Arab Land, I would like Iran to end its imperial intentions in the region by liberating the three Islands it occupies from Arab countries


Accurate information regarding the Persian Gulf’s history can be found here: Hormoz is the name of the strait that leads to the Persian Gulf. The Shah had nothing to do with naming the Gulf, and it was not until the rise of Pan-Arabism in the 1960s that the term became a matter of controversy for some Arab states. As it stands, then, the official and internationally accepted designation is the term “Persian Gulf”, and changing it would be just as acceptable as changing the term “Gulf of Oman” to “Gulf of Iran”, or the term “Arabian Sea” to “Iranian Sea”. Please examine the historical evidence before making any further comments.


Great and new perspective on the region. I enjoyed the information about the Shi’sm in the Middle East. Thank you WF


A.Armaanha. The Persian Gulf was never a Persian Gulf before the Shah of Iran named it so in 197os in accordance with the Aljeers treaty. The Gulf if the Gulf of Hurmooz. So please save your Iranian imperialims in the region


Please remind Mr. Shabaneh that, according to the UN and other world bodies, the official name for the gulf he referred to as Arab is “Persian Gulf”.


one of the best experts your program ever had, please keep bringing him back

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