This recorded interview originally appeared on WBEZ 91.5 

Mitt Romney's statements on the threat of a nuclear Iran and prospects of peace between Israel and Palestine, made in private before a group of donors, drew criticism this week. And in Syria, the death toll has spiked sharply in recent weeks. Meanwhile, rising sectarian divisions and the threat of a proxy war with Iran have limited America’s direct involvement. We discuss Romney's comments and the latest events in Syria with Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University.