U.S. Policy toward Iran: The Prospects for Success — and for Failure

Friday, March 30, 2012
9:00 AM - 12:15 PM (Luncheon Included)

Featuring Michael Adler, Woodrow Wilson Center; Jamie Fly, Foreign Policy Initiative; Matthew Kroenig, Georgetown University; Justin Logan, Cato Institute; Nuno Monteiro, Yale University; Alireza Nader, RAND Corporation; Joshua Rovner, U.S. Naval War College; Barbara Slavin, Atlantic Council.

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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.


8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 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

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 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

12:15 p.m. Luncheon

This Cato Conference is free of charge. To register for this event, please fill out the form below and click submit or email events@cato.org, fax (202) 371-0841, or call (202) 789-5229 by 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 28, 2012. Please arrive early. Seating is limited and not guaranteed. News media inquiries only (no registrations), please call (202) 789-5200.

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

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