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Published on: January 19, 2016
Episode 101: Tumult in Tehran and Taiwan’s Turn Toward Independence

Good evening, listeners! We have an excellent episode for you this week, as host Richard Aldous welcomes TAI Editor Adam Garfinkle back to the program to discuss recent events in Iran, before speaking with Paul J. Leaf about the results of Taiwan’s elections this past weekend.

First, Editor of The American Interest Adam Garfinkle discusses how difficult it is to understand what’s been happening in Iran as recently Tehran and Washington have agreed to release prisoners, we’ve marked the Implementation Day of the sanctions relief deal negotiated last July, and Iran has arrested and then quickly released U.S. Navy sailors. He explores how (if at all) these events might be related, and what this means for the United States and for our strategic concerns in the Middle East.

Then, attorney and regular U.S. foreign policy commentator Paul J. Leaf speaks with Richard about the recent Taiwanese elections, which for the first time in history produced a situation where Taiwan’s executive and legislative offices are both controlled by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Taiwan’s primary opposition party. He examines what the DPP’s victory means for Taiwan’s independence movement, and outlines why it would be in the best interest of the U.S.—for both strategic and moral reasons—to back the results of this election and push for Taiwanese independence from China.

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