Professor, Johns Hopkins University, United States discussed on BBC World Service

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Fed acts that witness mark collins a professor of strategic studies at johns hopkins university in the united states spent a decade working at the us department of defense i was focused on trying to understand what the future looks like but in particular what are the wars the us military might have to fight a difficult job oh pretty pretty tricky maher collins ganked tell us why a wall between saudi arabia and iran would likely bring in the us on why that would be a game changer we need to look now at the persian gulf that lies between saudi arabia and around and suzuki men on the narrow stretch of water which separates nazi from the gulf of oman is cold the strait of whole news it's a hot button place for the united states frankly it for the world because you see so much oil traffic going through it how much of the world has a deep interest in this city anyone who uses oil does everyone them yes so walt could happen in the strait of hormuz news i could imagine the iranians laying mind so the iran eamilitary has a couple thousand mines and it really what so convenient about mind dropping is it's very easy to do i don't want you to picture like a massive ship that we need to quite obviously throw a bunch of mines knee into an area instead you could have fishing boats dropping the minds so a mind is just laying there and when you're ship goes over it it explode the would close the strait once you have a few mines laid you have to assume that there are many many more and the would be a dramatic turning point this becomes an entirely different conflict the minute some things happens in that strait of hormuz if you see the strait of hormuz security and stability being impeded potential closure immediately the united states will become involved zero seven zero zulu we're operating in the northern reagan golf in position to neither degrees one one decimal to ignore who who the us navy and its efforts could act sucks i mean we're talking less than an hour at most less than an hour oh absolutely where.

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