The Middle East has always been a sandpit for military powers to fight their proxy wars. The latest country to be threatened to have Western democracy visited upon it is Iran.
But after decades of casual violence and conflict, Western interests are now no longer able to topple regimes with impunity, and then exploit their natural resources – and citizens in the West will no longer tolerate deathly Middle Eastern foreign policy.
So are we at a turning point? Will the presence of other actors in the region now change the balance of international power and perhaps begin a new chapter of peace and economic progress?
Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by the journalist and Middle East based commentator Sharmine Narwani to discuss how Iran and the Middle East is reshaping the world order.