"Certainly we do not want to, for things to get to military conflict," the US secretary of state said. "If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe require action, then, that option's on the table."
Thousands of younger demonstrators erupted with joy while a rival older crowd angrily clashed with riot police on Friday — epitomizing the generational splits over the country's sweeping political scandal.
The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof is in Bahrain, where protesters have taken over the central square in Manama. Kristof explains that the rise of the middle class in Bahrain is one of the reasons there are demands for a more democratic rule.
For the latest on news from that country, we turn to Michael Slackman, foreign correspondent for The New York Times. Zachary Lockman, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and History at New York University helps contextualize the situation.
We talk with Hakim Almasmari publisher and editor of The Yemen Post. Zachary Lockman, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and History at New York University helps explain the democracy movements all across the Middle East.
During the protests in Egypt and Tunisia, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government praised the uprisings, saying that the "era of puppet regimes" had come to an end. Our three guests help contextualize recent events.
Columnist for The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof, is in Bahrain. At first people wanted steps toward democracy, but since the killings, the mood has turned against the king as he has allowed violence on his people.
Bahrain's capital city Manama is currently under military control. The country's protestors may or may not be successful in building a democratic government, but one thing is for sure: civil unrest is not good for business.
Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya: friend or foe? That question is getting harder to answer as crackdowns on protests in the Middle East by U.S. allied governments blur the lines. Joining us is PJ Crowley, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.