"it is possible that it won’t produce the kinds of interventions and instability witnessed during the oil era of the Cold War"

*If only it were so*

Rather Pollyanna(ish) imho.

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It's fascinating to consider the political "Left" "Right" paradigm in the middle east context with recent breaks seen in the GCC, as in the case with Qatar and the kerfuffle over the Muslim Brotherhood. I feel i have some miniscule insight from your interview here on Iranian history of developmental choices.

God Save us from Ivy League History Profs permanently seeking grant moneys, whilst firmly adhering to rancid anglo thinking!

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