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Published on: April 28, 2015
Episode 64: Abe’s Speech and a History Lesson for Iran

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Good evening, listeners! We have a great episode for you this week, as host Richard Aldous speaks with Michael Mandelbaum about the Iran nuclear deal before talking with Jeffrey Gedmin about Abe’s visit to Washington and Japan’s changing place in the world.

We welcome back to the show Michael Mandelbaum, TAI editorial board member and the Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, to discuss the recent framework deal with Iran. He points out that the agreement raises as many questions as it answers, highlighting inspections as a likely sticking point going forwards. He looks back to Cold War arms control to find lessons for today’s negotiations with Iran, and in so doing sees potentially insurmountable obstacles for the success of today’s talks. He explains why it may be harder for the United States to negotiate with Iran than it was with the Soviet Union, and looks for reasons why the U.S. has made so many concessions.

Then, Jeffrey Gedmin, Chair of the Global Politics and Security Concentration at Georgetown’s M.S. in Foreign Service program, speaks with Richard about Shinzo Abe’s historic address to a joint session of Congress tomorrow. He describes Japan as a country looking to normalize its foreign policy and take a more active role on the world stage. He discusses how China’s rise is affecting the Abe Administration’s goals and ambitions and Japan’s role in the region. He speaks also on the contentious issue of Japanese historical revisionism before discussing the state of America’s interests in Asia, and how a stronger Japan with a normalized foreign policy could benefit the U.S.

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