Political Unrest in Iran

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In the aftermath of September 11, Iran was sympathetic to the United States and helped install Hamid Karzai, America-s choice to lead Afghanistan. Then, evidence of Iranian arms smuggling to the Palestinians outraged President Bush. Now, as protestors in that country challenge hard-liners for sentencing a veteran of their own revolution to death for challenging their authority, there are signs that Iran is warning again and could be of vital assistance in a war on Iraq. Could an alliance of convenience with the nation once branded as part of the -axis of evil- have long-term benefits? Should the US encourage reformers within Iran? We consider the prospects for democratic reform and warmer relations with the US with political reformers and Iranian experts inside and outside of Iran.
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