At the beginning of my course, I always start with Iran‘s geopolitics. The first thing my students learn is about Iran‘s geopolitical characteristics, and how geography has had an impact on its history, and its present.
Today I came across this short video report about Iran’s geopolitics.
There are some mistakes regarding the pronunciations and the population of Iranian Azeris (it says there are 25 million, but in reality the number is closer to half of that).
Nevertheless, for a 7 minute video, it does a good job of explaining the important points regarding Iranian geopolitics.
Iran recently nominated Hamid Aboutalebi as Iran’s next ambassador to the UN in NYC. However part of his background raised questions about his suitability for the post.
Barry Rosen was one of the US hostages.
According to an interview which Aboutalebi gave to the Tehran based Khabar on-line he stated that after the hostage taking, he interpreted some material into French for the hostage takers.
Would someone who helped the hostage takers of US diplomats, the very same people who illegally imprisoned and psychologically tortured US citizens for 444 days be a suitable pick for the position of Iran’s ambassador to the UN, which is based on US soil? Absolutely not.
According to former US hostage John Limbert, “it was a mistake for the Iranians to even consider sending Aboutalebi to New York given his connection, however peripheral, to the embassy takeover. This one’s got me scratching my head,” Limbert said.