Nicholas Lemann: Are we headed for war with Iran?
Nick Lemann is the Dean of the Columbia University School of Journalism and a former New Yorker staff writer. While at Harvard – where he graduated in 1976 – Lemann served as President of the Crimson. He has worked as a reporter and editor at The Washington Monthly, Texas Monthly, The Atlantic Monthly and The Washington Post, focusing primarily on national affairs.
Lemann is the author of The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America, The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy, about the SAT, and most recently, Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, about the failure of Reconstruction. At Columbia, where he was hired as Dean of the Journalism School in 2003, Lemann implemented a two-year curriculum and has focused on teaching alternative journalistic mediums in the Internet age.
Nicholas Lemann: I’m really interested in that question. I don’t have time in my day job to be an active reporter on it, but I’m really interested in it. And I ask everybody I can ask in the foreign policy world, and I get a wide range of diverse answers. My own gut feeling prediction as of today would be that the U.S. will not launch a strike against Iran, but that Israel will launch a strike against Iran. So that would be where I would come out now. But you know you hear many, many versions of this, including the Bush administration will do this as a sort of last gesture. A lot of people think that. I’m coming down against the idea that that’ll happen.
Recorded on: 11/30/07
"I can ask in the foreign policy world, and I get a wide range of diverse answers."
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