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What is the likelihood that international sanctions will force Iranian officials to rein in the country’s nuclear program, stave off an Israeli military strike, and return to the negotiating table? What impact are sanctions and the devaluation of the Iranian currency having on the population? How will political rifts between President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei affect nuclear talks?  Host Carol Castiel talks with Judith Yaphe, distinguished research fellow for the Middle East at the National Defense University and Alex Vatanka, senior Middle East analyst for “Jane’s Information Group” and scholar at the Middle East Institute, about these and other pressing issues.

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