Farnaz Fassihi is the deputy bureau chief of Middle East and Africa for The Wall Street Journal and the author of Waiting for An Ordinary Day, a memoir of her four years covering the Iraq war and witnessing the unraveling of life for Iraqi citizens. In May 2006, Fassihi was awarded the prestigious Henry Pringle Lecture Award for her Iraq coverage by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her coverage of the EgyptAir flight 990 crash won the New England News Executive Award as well as a finalist nomination for the Livingston Award.
Question: Are we headed for war with Iran?
Fassihi: You know, it’s hard to say, but I doubt… Personally, I doubt that there’s going to be another, a war, you know. I’m certainly hoping that there’s not another war because it’s very dangerous. Iran’s become very influential in the Middle East after the Iraq war, particularly with Iraqi Shias and with Hezbollah in Lebanon. Therefore, it would… an attack or a war could really destabilize the region. But, you know, it remains to be seen whether the Iranian administration will be compelled to negotiate on the nuclear issue. I think that’s another thing that’s not going to go away for the next president and will probably be a very big foreign policy challenge.