The Iranian Labyrinth

Middle East expert Dilip Hiro clarifies the Iranian nuclear question

| November 2005


Journalist, historian, and Middle East expert Dilip Hiro is the author of 27 books, including the encyclopedic The Essential Middle East: A Comprehensive Guide (Carroll & Graf, 2003), Secrets and Lies: Operation 'Iraqi Freedom' and After (Nation Books 2004), and the recently published Iranian Labyrinth: Journeys Through Theocratic Iran and Its Furies (Nation Books 2005). Mr. Hiro spoke with Utne.com on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

An issue of class
Does the election in June of hard-line Islamic president Mahmud Ahmadinejad signal a shift in Iranian public sentiment away from moderation and international outreach? If that's the case, what is causing that shift?