Tensions in the Middle East are high following military clashes involving Israel, Syria, and Iran earlier this month, and after the Syrian military shot down an Israeli fighter jet. Professor Abbas Milani, Director of the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, spoke with NPR's Michael Krasny about Iran's role in fueling instability in the region.
"This is not a new phenomenon, but it has taken a new dimension," says Professor Milani about Iran's role in Syria. "The regime has become more overtly assertive. They had historically, until a few months ago, hidden the fact that they were actively propping up the criminal Assad regime. They now take pride in it."