Will the United States ever realize its dream of a peaceful, democratic Middle East? Not without a paradigm shift in U.S. foreign policy in the region, according to Middle East expert Stephen Kinzer. Kinzer sees America’s diplomatic focus on Saudi Arabia and Israel as outdated and ineffective. Instead, he proposes a “power triangle” between the United States, Iran and Turkey based on our shared democratic values. Guest host David Lazarus talks with Kinzer about his unique blueprint for securing American interests in the troubled region.
Stephen Kinzer, author of Reset: Iran, Turkey and America’s Future (Times Books). He has served as The New York Times's bureau chief in Turkey, Germany, and Nicaragua, and as The Boston Globe's Latin America correspondent. Kinzer teaches international relations at Boston University