Flynt Leverett Discussion with Iranian Students
"Iran’s Press TV dedicated last week’s episode of its current affairs discussion program, “The Link,” to the state of U.S.-Iranian relations. Flynt participated from Washington, along with a group of graduate students from the University of Tehran’s Faculty of World Studies in the Press TV studios in Iran. The program (please press play in the video screen above to view) provides important insights about the perceptions of educated Iranians regarding President Obama’s Iran policy and America’s ultimate intentions towards the Islamic Republic. The students’ observations provide powerful confirmation for our argument that U.S.-Iranian engagement has “failed” not because Iran is not interested in better relations but because President Obama has not shown Iranian leaders or the Iranian public that he is genuinely prepared to take American policy in a fundamentally different direction."