Iran expert Clément Therme talks to FRANCE 24's Armen Georgian about the country’s dire economic situation and suggests that the Supreme Leader’s bottom line is preventing total collapse, which could mean giving his new president much more latitude in nuclear negotiations with the West.
FRANCE 24 hosts Adama Dieng. He argues that, despite international failures over Syria, the UN’s doctrine of “responsibility to protect” has had a positive impact in other conflicts such as Mali. He also addresses accusations that the International Criminal Court unfairly targets Africans, and says he hopes that more cases will be tried by national authorities rather than by the ICC.
In Beirut, France 24’s François Picard meets the French Ambassador to Lebanon, Patrice Paoli. Hezbollah’s growing involvement in the Syrian conflict has dragged Lebanon deeper and deeper into an explosive situation. Tensions and clashes between Lebanese communities and fighting across the Lebanon-Syria border make Patrice Paoli fear for the country’s stability.
The unresolved dispute between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian secessionists living in the landlocked enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh is often called a "frozen conflict". But as tensions run high in the region, some fear it could be the perfect tinderbox for a broader regional war. Douglas Herbert asks Nagorno-Karabakh's Foreign Policy Chief whether he fears more fighting to come.
Russian opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza says that gains in recent mayoral elections bode well for bigger tests in Moscow later this year and in 2014. But Armen Georgian puts it to him that, with President Putin’s approval ratings still comfortably above 60%, the opposition is failing to break through the wall.