The Sunni-Shia divide remains a stumbling block to the creation of civil society in Iraq and a responsible U.S. withdrawal. In this episode of Speaking of Faith, we'll get behind the nature and consequences of Islam's Sunni-Shia divide with fresh insight. Krista Tippett's guest is political scientist Vali Nasr - a leading policy expert on Iran, Iraq, and the Middle East who has become an influential voice in the formation of a new era of U.S. foreign policy. Nasr suggests helpful analogies between the current conflict among different Muslims and conflicts that have marked periods of Western Christian history. He also offers a bracing perspective on the unfolding, long term consequences of U.S. military action in Iraq. [Broadcast Date: May 21, 2009]
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