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Michigan Minds: U-M history professor on US Iranian relations

Recent events have brought up many questions about the relations between Iran and the United States. Juan Cole, PhD, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, studies the history and ongoing politics in the Middle East. In this episode of Michigan Minds, Cole explains the relationship between the US and Iran over the past few decades and the possible implications of the current turmoil. 

“Iran has been an adversary of the United States since the 1979 Islamic revolution,” Juan Cole explained. “Since then, the United States has been at daggers drawn with Iran.”

Cole shared the potential economic impact of the rising tensions, such as increasing petroleum prices across the US, and the disruptions occurring between the US and other Middle East nations, including Iraq. 

To hear Cole discuss these topics, listen to the full Michigan Minds podcast.

Cole also spoke about the topics that trended on social media, such as “World War III” and discussions about a military draft section on Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms. 

You can hear Cole elaborate on the possible impacts to the petroleum market and how relations with Iran and Iraq will likely be discussed in the upcoming presidential debates in the videos above. 

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