Debate: How Dangerous Is Iran?

An economic argument that the state is waning. A military argument to beware.

A threat, but how much?

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A few weeks ago, Bloomberg View economics writer Noah Smith wrote a blog post on his website, noahpinion, arguing that Iran was a fundamentally weak country. He bounced his idea off Bloomberg View's international affairs specialist, Marc Champion, who disagreed. They took the exchange online. 

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