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Middle East Turmoil: Turkey's Riots, Iran Elections, Syria's Attacks


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Thousands of people gather at Taksim Square after riot police cracked down the day before, on June 12, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images
Thousands of people gather at Taksim Square after riot police cracked down the day before, on June 12, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Iran is preparing to elect a new leader to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday. Turkey's violent protests show a growing rift between secular and Islamic influences. Meanwhile, a Syrian helicopter has attacked a Lebanese town, and Syrian rebels have reportedly killed 60 Shiites. We discuss the latest news from the Middle East and what role the U.S. might play with a panel of experts.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Aaron David Miller, vice president for new initiatives and distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Janine Zacharia, visiting lecturer at Stanford University and former Jerusalem bureau chief and Middle East correspondent for the Washington Post
  • Mahmood Monshipouri, associate professor of international relations at San Francisco State University who specializes in the Middle East and follows Iranian politics closely

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