What do you know about Iran? Correction: What do you think you know about Iran?
In Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran, co-authors Hillary Mann Leverett of American University and Flynt Leverett of Penn State University acknowledge the biases within Americans’ perceptions of Iran. Both authors previously worked overseas for the state department, which is how they met and were given front row seats to the government’s interactions with the Middle East beginning with the Gulf War.
Our long-running UC Berkeley series “Conversations with History” turns its attention south of the border with host Harry Kreisler’s wide-ranging, intimate conversation with Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico.
As he always does during his unique interviews, Kreisler delves not only into his guest’s public life, but the factors that helped shape him. President Fox shares his formative experiences, including the influence of his ancestors and teachers, his work as a businessman, and the factors that led him to enter politics.
Discussing his Presidency, Fox analyzes the problems of governing in a country simultaneously riding a democratic revolution and the transformations brought about by the new wave of globalization. He also discusses the issues of immigration and drugs and how both impact the future of U.S.-Mexican relations.
For better or for worse, we live in a time of history-making moments, especially in the Middle East. Our long-running UC Berkeley series “Conversations with History” has been recording the voices of those making and uncovering history for more than 500 episodes and the latest installment, “Libya in a Time of Revolution,” is no exception.
Host Harry Kreisler welcomes war correspondent Lindsey Hilsum, who offers her first-person account of the revolution in Libya that toppled the dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. In this fascinating interview, Hilsum, who chronicles her adventure in the book Sandstorm, discusses Gaddafi’s 40-year reign of terror and his role as an international actor. She then traces the factors that led to his fall, emphasizing Libyan nationalism, the Arab spring and the intervention of external powers, and analyzes the role of journalists in the continuing worldwide struggle for human dignity. Hilsum concludes with a discussion of what she learned from her experiences in the country and speculates on Libya’s future and how external intervention can bring about change in places like Syria.