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Iran Shoots Down U.S. Surveillance Drone

June 20, 2019

Episode Notes:

The US has confirmed that Iran's Revolutionary Guards shot down a maritime surveillance drone, but denied that it had been flying over Iranian airspace. US military officials called the incident an "unprovoked attack."

Dina Esfandiary, International Security Program Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center, Fellow at The Century Foundation, and co-author of the book, Triple Axis: Iran's Relations with Russia and China, joins the WarCast to explore the escalation and evaluate the maximum pressure campaign.

[ 0:17 ] Introduction
[ 1:04 ] Why the drone was shot down
[ 2:00 ] Evaluation of the maximum pressure campaign
[ 3:58 ] Strategic messaging with drone downing and uranium enrichment
[ 6:12 ] Current Iranian regime stability
[ 7:20 ] Changing likelihood of direct military confrontation

Twitter: @DEsfandiary

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