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Responding to Strategic Challenges Post 9-11
 Conversation with Robert Baer PDFPDF of Transcript

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler welcomes former CIA operative Robert Baer for a discussion of his book on Iran--The Devil We Know. Baer discusses the craft of spying, U.S. policy in the Middle East, the emergence of Iran as a regional hegemon, and what we know about Iran's strategy and tactics as we witness the rise of its power. He discusses U.S. policy options in the region, especially relations with the two major powers in the region, Iran and Israel. Baer also analyzes the Iranian nuclear threat and the phenomena of suicide terrorism. He concludes with an assessment of the recent political turmoil in Iran and lays out what we know and don't know about which forces will dominate domestic politics in Iran.

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