29 Aug 2012
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South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, is scheduled to attend the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Tehran, taking place on 30-31 August. As the US and Israel increase their efforts to isolate Iran (Israel is even ramping up talk of a military strike on Iran this year), South Africa joins 119 other countries at this major international event.
What does it mean that 120 countries are rejecting US/Israeli pressure to isolate Iran?
For answers to this question as well a discussion of US foreign policy and the country's 2012 presidential election, SACSIS' executive director, Fazila Farouk spoke to Prof. Juan Cole. She caught up with him on the sidelines of an international conference on the "Arab Uprisings and their Implications for Africa", hosted by the Afro-Middle East Centre.
Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan and a specialist on Middle East issues. He blogs at Informed Comment.
Editor's Note: You might also be interested in this interview with Pepe Escobar by RT, "Tehran NAM Summit Unites Real International Community".