Iran: Why now, and what now?

Observers split on whether diplomatic pullout proves a strong stance, or just one less window for the West.

Embassy Photo: Ally Foster
A demonstrator outside the headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa on Sept. 10 is happy that Canada has declared Iranian diplomats personae non gratae.
Ally Foster
Published: Wednesday, 09/12/2012 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Saturday, 11/10/2012 9:21 pm EST

In the days following Canada and Iran's bilateral breakup, speculation is swirling among academics, security analysts, and Iranian-Canadian community members over exactly why the Canadian government ended the relationship now, after being on the rocks for years.

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