How to Deal with Iran: Options for Today and for the Future

December 11, 2006

Although North Korea and the ongoing Iraq operations will likely remain significant foreign policy challenges for years to come, the issue with potentially the gravest consequences for American national security is Iran’s nuclear program. Our first panel examines the most widely discussed options available to the United States today: either diplomacy or attempting to undermine the Iranian regime. Which policy holds the best prospect of advancing American interests? Our second panel will look at the options facing the United States in the event that any proactive policy should fail: either preventive war or deterrence. Which of those undesirable policies would yield the “least bad” result for the United States? Please join us for a wide-ranging discussion of these urgent questions.

The Cato Institute gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ploughshares Fund in making this event possible.

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