US-Iran relationship seems anything but certain, professor says

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NORMAN, Okla. – Mateo Mohammad Farzaneh, a professor of History at Northeastern Illinois University, was invited to talk about the future of the Iran-US relationship in Trump’s era on Feb. 2 at the University of Oklahoma.

Farzaneh said the question of Trump diplomacy open a new chapter for historians as there is no real precedent in the US history.

“Historians can discuss the future only when they critically analyzed past events,” he said. “We don’t know where we are going, but it doesn’t seem very good.”

Farzaneh said Trump’s advisers and ideologues seem to have a view fundamentally racist, supremacist and exclusionary of the world. Perhaps the analyze of the US presence in the Middle East during the last century could help to forecast the future of the US in the region.

“Trump and people around him seem to be clueless,” Farzaneh said.

However, Farzaneh said at the opposite the Iranian’s history and behavior are well known, therefore make it more predictable. He added for the Iranian government it is also the first time they have to deal with an unpredictable superpower.


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