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Reflections on Cyprus, Iran, Syria, and President Obama’s trip to Israel

Yiannis Kourtoglou, Getty

Yiannis Kourtoglou, Getty

On March 22, 2013, WVUM, the student radio of the University of Miami, invited me into its station in order to discuss the mess taking place in Cyprus. Despite talking for almost 15 minutes on the roots of the crisis in Cyprus and the ECB’s ultimatum, I could not resist continuing the discussion on Iran, Syria, and President Obama’s trip to Israel.

Here is the summary of the edited show:

  • Cyprus is a mess; the bailout is only the beginning of the end as austerity measures will be implemented at some point and Cyprus’ banking model will have to be reformed
  • Syria has been the victim of vicious bloody war waged by President Bashar Al-Assad against its people;
  • Iran is a rational actor and it does make sense for Tehran to develop nuclear weapons;
  • President Obama’s decision in attempting to solve the Israelo-Palestinian crisis is just part of the game of any US President.

Here is the discussion:



Maxime H.A. Larivé

Maxime Larivé holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and European Politics from the University of Miami (USA). He is currently working at the EU Center of Excellence at the University of Miami as a Research Associate. His research focus on the questions of the European Union, foreign policy analysis, security studies, and European security and defense policy. Maxime has published several articles in the Journal of European Security, Perceptions, and European Union Miami Analysis as well as World Politics Review.