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World roundup: Protests in Iran, and warming relations between North and South Koreas

Protests have stretched into its sixth day in Iran, with at least 21 people dead.

Anti-government demonstrations erupted last Thursday in several towns and cities, fueled mainly by economic woes the country has been experiencing. The protests are the largest seen in Iran since 2009, sparked in response to the disputed presidential election.

Meanwhile, North Korea has reopened a border phone line with South Korea, signalling thawing of relations between the two Koreas. Earlier this week, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un expressed interest in speaking with South Korea about participating in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, which led the South to suggest resuming high-level talks with the regime.

Larry is joined by a panel of experts to talk about the quickly changing situations in these parts of the world.

Guests:

Kevan Harris, an assistant professor of sociology at UCLA; author of “A Social Revolution: Politics and the Welfare State in Iran” (UC Press, 2017)

Suzanne Maloney, senior fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution; authors of multiple books on Iran, including “Iran’s Political Economy since the Revolution” (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Aaron David Miller, director of the Middle East program at the Wilson Center; former advisor at the Department of State focusing on Middle East policy

Sung-Yoon Lee, an expert on the Koreas, and a professor in Korean Studies at The Fletcher School at Tufts University in Massachusetts