Scott Horton Interviews Reza Marashi

Scott Horton, June 25, 2012

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Reza Marashi, Research Director for the National Iranian American Council, discusses the failed P5+1 Iran talks in Moscow; why there was a diplomatic breakdown and unwillingness to compromise, even though Obama seems eager to avoid war; how the default US position – that Iran is building a nuclear weapons program – dooms negotiations to failure; and the root cause of conflict (the US wants Middle East client states, while Iran removed the imperial yoke in 1979 and isn’t going back to it).

MP3 here. (19:45)

Reza Marashi joined NIAC in 2010 as the organization’s first Research Director. He came to NIAC after four years in the Office of Iranian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to his tenure at the State Department, he was an analyst at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) covering China-Middle East issues, and a Tehran-based private strategic consultant on Iranian political and economic risk. Marashi is frequently consulted by Western governments on Iran-related matters. His articles have appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, Tehran Bureau, the Huffington Post, Salon, Asharq Alawsat, the Daily Caller, and the Cairo Review of Global Affairs. He has been a guest contributor to the BBC, NPR, Financial Times, Reuters, Al Jazeera, ABC News, CBC News, Macleans, Fox News, The Daily Star and The National.

16 Responses to “Reza Marashi”

  1. This guy sounds like an Obot.

    My interpretation of sham negotiations would be more sinister.

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  3. Hey Scott….WTF? Israel's been running our foreign policy in the MidEast for years and you don't raise this during the interview? The House of Reps. (paid for by AIPAC) just overwhelmingly passed a resolution on Iran which will pave the way to War. Where was this discussion?

    Lastly, why isn't Iraq framed for what it was……a war crime?

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