Host: American Enterprise Institute. While president-elect Barack Obama has pledged to change U.S. policy toward Iran and renew diplomacy, he will not start with a blank slate. Nearly thirty years ago, the Carter administration’s moves to normalize relations with the Islamic Republic sparked the U.S. Embassy seizure. What is the legacy of that hostage crisis? Can engagement with the Iranian regime succeed in this political vortex? Should Obama abandon the Bush administration’s emphasis on democratization, or refine its methods?
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