New Developments In The Middle East

New Developments In The Middle East

Diane and her guests discuss the latest developments in the Middle East and what they mean for the region and the U.S.

President Barack Obama arrived in Northern Ireland this morning to attend the G-8 summit. Rapidly changing events in Syria, Iran and Turkey are likely to dominate the meeting’s agenda. In the U.S., some lawmakers are pressing the president to go beyond supplying Syrian rebels with small arms and to consider imposing a no-fly zone. But others warn about the consequences of playing a more active role in Syria without a long-term plan. In Iran, newly-elected President Hassan Rowhani vows his government will fix the country’s economy and reconstruct relations with the world. And violence in Turkey erupts again following a new government crackdown. Diane and her guests discuss the latest developments in the Middle East.


Robin Wright

analyst and joint fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace and Woodrow Wilson International Center
author of "Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World."

Trita Parsi

president of National Iranian American Council and author of "A Single Roll of the Dice - Obama's Diplomacy with Iran."

Michael Singh

managing director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Hisham Melhem

Washington bureau chief of Al-Arabiya News Channel.

Gen. Wesley Clark

former NATO Supreme Allied Commander and senior fellow at the UCLA Burkle Center.

Jason Rezaian

foreign correspondent in Tehran for The Washington Post.

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