Trita Parsi, author of the Salon.com article “A campaign for war with Iran begins,” discusses Israel’s preference for Iran’s Ahmedinejad instead of a moderate president, how Israel’s “qualitative edge” over the sum total of Gulf states is slipping away, doubts about the practical utility of the U.S.-Israel special relationship and why a U.S. reconciliation with Iran would mean the end of sanctions and expanded Iranian regional influence at Israel’s expense.
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Dr. Trita Parsi is the author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States, recipient of the Council on Foreign Relation’s 2008 Arthur Ross Silver Medallion and the 2010 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.
He wrote his Doctoral thesis on Israeli-Iranian relations under Professor Francis Fukuyama (and Drs. Zbigniew Brzezinski, R. K. Ramazani, Jakub Grygiel, Charles Doran) at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies while heading the largest Iranian-American organization in the US, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC).