Political Science Professor Weighs in on Geopolitical Ramifications of USA and Iran in the World Cup

Tensions have been rising between the two nations for generations over human rights abuses, nuclear facilities and women’s rights.

Despite the fact that his squad has played one of the World Cup’s top teams to a draw right before having to win or go home Tuesday, USA Head Coach Gregg Berhalter was fending off questions about the deeper political meaning of his team’s match against Iran. No matter how much he and his players want to frame it that way, UMKC associate political science professor Dr. Debra Leiter said it’s just not possible. “The United States has identified Iran as one of its rivals and Iran has certainly targeted the United States as its key geopolitical rival,” said Dr. Leiter. Read more.

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Published: Nov 29, 2022

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