This month in 1979, hundreds of Iranian militants stormed the US embassy in Tehran sparking a long cold war between the Islamic Republic and the West. It looked like "war war" but as Mr Churchill said "jaw jaw" is usually preferable.
And so this week, Churchill’s point was underlined as the Iran nuclear deal was sealed with “hugs and kisses” in Geneva: a triumph of diplomacy over the dogs of war. In part 1, Sputnik takes a look at jaw jaw vs. war war with John Wight who is a writer and commentator specializing in geopolitics and UK domestic politics.
So, after the success of the Iran deal, can we look forward to peace and reconciliation in Syria?
In part 2, George Galloway and Gayatri Pertiwi talk to Mother Agnes-Mariam of the Cross of the Diocese of Homs, Hama and Yabroud in the Syrian Arab Republic, as she manages to squeeze in a visit to the Sputnik studio. This in between her encounter with the Archbishop of Canterbury, and on her way to the airport for an audience in Rome with his Holiness the Pope.