US-Iranian Relations: Issues and Complications

US-Iranian Relations: Issues and Complications

  • 4 May 1998

Dr. Kazami reviewed developments in Iranian internal
politics. He looked at the issues and factors that led to
the landslide victory of President Mohammad Khatami.
Both the social base for his support and potential
opposition forces were reviewed.
He then examined how Iran is seen in American
foreign policy circles. Special attention was paid
to President Clinton’s containment policy and
its implications. The three critical areas of dispute:
terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and the peace
process were singled out. Finally, both positive and
negative aspects of US–Iran relations since Khatami’s
elections were examined. Although there is room for
some guarded optimism, Kazami pointed out that there
have been no real breakthroughs.

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Monday 4 May 1998

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Monday 4 May 1998

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