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January 8, 2020

Interview on CBC Radio, 8 January 2020.

February 25, 2012

I was invited to talk about fragile states at the annual meeting of the Conference of Defence Associations in Ottawa on Thursday. As it turned out, however, I spent most of my time speaking about Iran.

I couldn’t help myself. I arrived at the conference an hour before my panel was to begin and settled into a chair with a cup of coffee to watch the proceedings. The speaker before my session was Uzi Arad, who served as National Security Advisor to the Israeli prime minister from 2009 to 2011. I found myself losing interest in my coffee and leaning further forward in my chair. Slowly and meticulously, Dr. Arad was building what amounted to a case for preemptive war on Iran. (It was a fascinating speech, well worth watching in full. The video is here, courtesy of CPAC.)

Well, what could I do? I’ve been concerned about the march towards war with Iran, and have expressed these concerns previously. For better or worse, I set aside my prepared remarks about state fragility in the Middle East...

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Roland Paris
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