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"Ahmadinejad in New York"

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran, holds up a copies of the Quran, left, and Bible, right, as he addresses the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, Sep. 23, 2010.
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"Ahmadinejad in New York"

Op-Ed, Iran Review

September 28, 2010

Author: Kayhan Barzegar, Former Associate, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program, 2010–2011; Former Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom/international Security Program, 2007–2010

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security; Managing the Atom; Science, Technology, and Public Policy


President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's recent visit to New York City was a good opportunity to raise Iran's perspective on regional and global issues. His views this time around were more focused on the regional issues in which Iran can play an accommodating role. This policy should be enhanced. Individual nations like Iran are expected to play their own national role in solving regional and global problems. Therefore, playing an accommodating role on the part of solving regional issues in the Middle East will further bolster Iran's international standing.

The most pressing regional issues with international dimensions which Iran can play an effective and accommodating role include: first, helping to solve regional crises in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine; second, fighting regional and international terrorism; and third, comprehensive nuclear disarmament in the region. These issues are the main concerns for international peace and security in September 2010. Iran's geopolitical and ideological characteristics make it the most effective and prominent regional player in solving the aforesaid problems.

Iran should take advantage of this exceptional opportunity. It can work with the international community to solve crises in Iraq and Afghanistan and fight Al Qaeda terrorism at the regional and international levels...."

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Barzegar, Dr. Kayhan. "Ahmadinejad in New York." Iran Review, September 28, 2010.

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