In the months since the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued its November 2011 report, which raised new questions about Iran’s nuclear program, the debate in Washington, D.C., over Iran has grown hotter. Policymakers, politicians, scholars, and pundits are now offering wildly divergent predictions and prescriptions.
While these open debates are an improvement over the Beltway groupthink that accompanied the run‐up to the Iraq War, many questions remain about the Obama administration’s policy. This conference examines the two central questions surrounding U.S. policy toward Iran: Can diplomacy work? What are the options if diplomacy fails?
Please join us for a vigorous discussion of these critical issues.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Panel 1: Can Diplomacy Work?
Is the current policy — or any diplomatic offer — likely to work? Has the administration defined “diplomacy” as being limited to sanctions and pressure? Could a different approach hold a better chance of success? How is success defined?
Michael Adler, Woodrow Wilson Center
Justin Logan, Cato Institute
Alireza Nader, RAND Corporation
Barbara Slavin, Atlantic Council
Panel 2: The Options if Diplomacy Fails
If diplomacy fails, what are the military and non‐military options the U.S. administration would have? What are the prospects for success? What likely repercussions would follow from bombing Iran?
Jamie Fly, Foreign Policy Initiative
Matthew Kroenig, Georgetown University
Nuno Monteiro, Yale University
Joshua Rovner, U.S. Naval War College