Stephen Kinzer: Iran, Turkey, and America’s Future

TUE, JUN 8, 2010 (58:41)

Foreign correspondent and Boston University professor Stephen Kinzer discusses his book Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future, which examines the complex state of Middle East politics.

What can the United States do to help realize its dream of a peaceful, democratic Middle East? In Reset, Stephen Kinzer offers a surprising answer. Two countries in the region, he argues, are America's logical partners in the 21st century: Turkey and Iran. Besides proposing this new "power triangle," Kinzer also recommends that the United States reshape relations with its two traditional Middle East allies, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

In Reset, Kinzer introduces us to larger-than-life figures, like a Nebraska schoolteacher who became a martyr to democracy in Iran, a Turkish radical who transformed his country and Islam forever, and a colorful parade of princes, politicians, women of the world, spies, oppressors, liberators, and dreamers.

+ BIO: Stephen Kinzer

Stephen Kinzer is the author of Overthrow, All the Shah's Men, Crescent and Star, and numerous other books. An award-winning foreign correspondent, he served as The New York Times's bureau chief in Turkey, Germany, and Nicaragua and as The Boston Globe's Latin America correspondent. He teaches international relations at Boston University and is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and a columnist for The Guardian. He lives in Boston.

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