Muhammad Sahimi


Muhammad Sahimi, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Southern California, discusses the power struggle between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Khamenei in Iran; how Ahmadinejad’s appointment of a well-regarded moderate foreign minister could help achieve a compromise with the US on a low-enriched uranium swap deal and Iran’s nuclear enrichment program in general, as well as easing the sanctions that are crippling Iran’s economy; Hillary Clinton’s less-hawkish rhetoric on Iran’s civilian nuclear program; a tally of damage done to Iran’s centrifuges from the Stuxnet computer virus and the potential for a Chernobyl-scale event at the Bushehr reactor; and a brief reminder that industrial sabotage is generally considered a crime (but don’t hold your breath on anyone in the supposed joint US/Israel operation going to jail).

MP3 here. (26:53)

Dr. Muhammad Sahimi is a political columnist for Tehran Bureau. He is a professor of chemical engineering and materials science, and the NIOC Chair in petroleum engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In addition to his scientific research, which has resulted in four books and nearly 300 published papers, he has been writing about Iran’s nuclear program and its internal developments for many years.

His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, Harvard International Review, the Progressive, and Huffington Post. Muhammad has been a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists since 1986, and a contributor to its Partners for Earth program.

4 thoughts on “Muhammad Sahimi”

  1. Hey, Scott!

    I know this comment is off-topic here, but here's a great guest interview idea I wanted to share with you.

    Have BOB BARR on your show and ask him why he is fronting for a bloodthirsty dictator who ought to be rotting in prison for massive crimes against the Haitian people.

    Q: How exactly does "bringing [Baby Doc's] message of hope" square with being a Libertarian?

    Breaking news from CNN…

    Libertarian Presidential Candidate now "Baby Doc" Duvalier's Mouthpiece…literally

    Bob Barr, the 2008 Libertarian Party candidate for president, "…will be representing" Duvalier "in bringing his message of hope to the world," the former Republican congressman's website says.

    "I also am reminded of others who have risen from the ashes," Barr told reporters Friday. "The city of Atlanta is the Phoenix city. The people of Haiti, likewise, will rise from the problems created by last year's earthquake and emerge stronger and better than before. That I know is Mr. Duvalier's deep wish and something that he knows in his heart."


  2. Are the Iranians really that stupid. I find it hard to believe that they would connect their nuclear equipment to the internet. This story makes as much sense as the existence of wikileaks. I know enough about computer networks to know that this is all bs.

  3. This is a great interview by a great professor. No doubt Ahmadi Nejad is one of the greatest leader and Iran become a great country. The main thing is that they are honest and hard worker.
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