Tehran Rising

Tehran Rising

As citizens rise up across the Middle East, they fear more than reprisals of their own rulers. Many worry that leaders from Iran are looking to capitalize on a de-stabilized Middle East. They fear Iran wants to acquire more power and influence in the region.

The balance appears to be tipping in Tehran’s favor: Iran has solid footholds in Iraq, Lebanon, and Gaza. And it’s eyeing potential openings across the Arab world… From Riyadh to Washington, alarms are sounding.

Executive Producer: Aaron Lobel / AAM Producers: Monica Bushman, Sean Carberry, Jordana Gustafson, Matt Ozug, and Chris Williams / Intern: Mallory Durr / Web Producer: Javier Barrera / Photo credit: yeowatzup (Flickr) / Host: Deborah Amos

Field Report from Bahrain

Sean Carberry reports from Bahrain, where recent unrest between the majority Shiite population and the Sunni regime may play out in Iran’s favor. -

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History of Past Iranian Efforts to Project Influence

Deborah Amos traces the history of past Iranian efforts to project influence throughout the Middle East.

Field report from Lebanon

Sean Carberry travels to Lebanon—one of the central fronts in the battle between Saudi Arabia and Iran for regional dominance—where Iran is deepening its influence.

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Iranian Voices: Thoughts on nuclear program

Iranians in the US share their thoughts about Iran’s growing influence in the region and its nuclear program.

Iranian Voices: Defending Iran

Kowsar Gowhari, a 31-year-old law student, talks about the conflicting feelings she has about Iran.

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Roundtable discussion

Deborah Amos speaks with two Iran experts - Karim Sadjadpour, an associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Ash Jain, a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy - about what the recent revolutions in the Middle East will mean for the Islamic Republic and its role in the region.

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