Like US, like Iran? Abas Aslani, visiting scholar at the Center for Middle East Strategic Studies
US-Iranian tensions have long become a staple of the Middle East’s politics, peppered with verbal assaults and seasoned with sanctions. But the latest round of altercations also brought something new – mysterious assaults on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and, most recently, abortive strikes on three Iranian targets. Somebody is clearly playing with fire in this already smoldering region, but what for? To discuss this, Oksana’s joined by Abas Aslani, editor-in-chief at Iran Front Page and visiting scholar at the Center for Middle East Strategic Studies.