What the Wikileaks tell us about the complex relationships in the Middle East

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While the 250,000 state department cables released by WikiLeaks provided few surprises for those who fully understand the complex relationships in the Middle East, some experts believe the information, much of which was secret until now, could seriously impact future relationships between the U.S., Iran, Israel and other countries in the region.  The revelations are at least embarrassing and potentially destabilizing.  In this hour of Radio Times we explore this one aspect of the most recent WikiLeaks documents  — what they tell us about diplomacy and shifting alliances in this fragile part of the world.  We talk with STEVEN SIMON of the Council on Foreign Relations and SHIBLEY TELHAMI of the University of Maryland.

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