In an Interview with Fox News, Carnegie’s Jarrett Blanc stated that there is no particular reason to believe that anything that Washington says or does would have a destabilizing effect on the Iranian regime. The Iranians are a patriotic people with a strong national sentiment, he argued, and the idea that U.S. influence would support the protests rather than undermine them is probably false. In fact, he added, there is strong reason to believe that overt support from the United States for protests in Iran would be counterproductive for the protestors.

This interview was originally broadcast by Fox News.