In this week’s call-in show, Hello Washington, our distinguished guests Professor Ali Riaz from the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois University and Professor Shahiduzzaman from the Department of International Relations at Dhaka University analyzed the impact of the Iranian election on the rest of the world, particularly on the Middle East Peace process for which the Obama administration in the USA has adopted a fresh approach.
While replying to questions from our listeners, the analysts said that as Mahmud Ahmedinijad has been re-elected in the recently held controversial election no immediate change is expected in Iranian foreign policy. Particularly Iran’s adamant views on its right to build nuclear weapons have taken the country to the verge of sensations as far as the global politics is concerned. However, given the fact that the election results have given birth to protests and demonstrations by the opposition in Iran and a certain level of political instability is presently prevailing in the country, one should watch for changes both in the domestic and the global Iranian policies. However it is quite significant that Mr Ahmedinijad is visiting Moscow which underscores Iran's special relationship with Russia.
Our guests have also noted that the situation in Iran has been moving very fast over the last two days particularly and the election played a role as a catalyst. They say that some trends that have been created over the last thirty years in Iran that are now being challenged through these street demonstrations and outbursts by the supporters of Mousavi. They think that the new middle class population in Iran wants to interact with the West and, to a large extent, possess democratic aspirations.