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5-minute Lowy Lunch: Iran in spring


Sam Roggeveen


15 September 2011 14:25

For a while there, the Arab Spring was looking like quite a good deal for Iran. Mubarak was knocked off, and Shi'a populations in the Gulf started protesting against Sunni oppression. Now, with the Arab Spring moving to Iran's ally Syria, Tehran is watching on nervously and even suggesting negotiation between Assad and the protesters.

Yesterday, Lowy Visiting Fellow Rodger Shanahan took the Wednesday Lowy Lunch audience through three phases of the Arab Spring, looking at Iran's perspective on each stage. Listen to his full presentation here, or below for an interview which touches on the main themes:

Photo by Flickr user Erik - parked in Cairo these days.