Interviewee: Trita Parsi
Interviewer: Lionel Beehner
May 3, 2007
He says that Iran wields influence over Iraq but does not hold a “silver bullet.” Its positive involvement after the 2001 war in Afghanistan provides a useful model, Parsi says. Without Iranian influence in Afghanistan, “the United States would not have likely won the peace in Afghanistan.” Parsi also believes it is “inevitable” that Iran’s nuclear program will be discussed in any direct negotiations. “The Iranians will not help us out in Iraq without getting something in return on the nuclear issue,” he says.
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