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Setting the Scene: US - Iran Relations

The ministers of foreign affairs of the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, France, China, the European Union and Iran (Lausanne, 30 March 2015)


Nuclear talks between The United States and Iran came to an end earlier this month. While the deal that was made still faces scrutiny, it brings the last 12 years of tension between Iran and the West to a more stable place. This hour, a look at the history of relations between Iran and the United States all the way to the recent nuclear deal.


  • Zachary Lockman, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and History, NYU
  • Alexander Thompson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, Ohio State University
  • Philip Ewing, POLITICO senior defense reporter
    This show originally aired on July 23, 2015 at 10 a.m.
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