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Hooman Majd - The paradoxes and conflicts of modern Iran

In 2002, President George W. Bush coined the phrase ‘Axis of Evil’ in reference to nations he believed were actively building nuclear weapons for use against the United States and its allies.

More than 10 years later, the nuclear capabilities of one of those countries, the Islamic Republic of Iran, remains a top issue in the U.S. and beyond.

Hooman Majd is an Iranian-American journalist, author, and Iranian presidential advisor. His first book The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran was published in 2008 and he has worked as translator for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his appearances at the United Nations.

Majd will be speaking at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts this evening with a lecture addressing the current military situation in Iran and the potential for conflict with Israel over the country’s nuclear program. WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke with Majd recently, asking first about the paradoxes of modern Iran.

You can find more info on Majd's lecture at Williams, Conflict in Iran: From Israel to Afghanistan and Beyond, by clicking here.

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