September 1, 2010

Seminar: “Nuclear Iran: Inevitable or Avoidable? Strategic options and their implications”

On September 17, the International Centre for Defence Studies organised a seminar titled “Nuclear Iran: Inevitable or Avoidable? Strategic Options and Their Implications.” The seminar was moderated by Dr. Erik Männik, an ICDS Researcher.

On September 17, the International Centre for Defence Studies organised a seminar titled “Nuclear Iran: Inevitable or Avoidable? Strategic Options and Their Implications.” The seminar was moderated by Dr. Erik Männik, an ICDS Researcher.

17.09.2010
On September 17, the International Centre for Defence Studies organised a seminar titled “Nuclear Iran: Inevitable or Avoidable? Strategic Options and Their Implications.”
The seminar was moderated by Dr. Erik Männik, an ICDS Researcher.
The following speakers contributed to the discussion and answered to the questions of seminar participants:
Brig. Gen. (ret.) Shlomo Brom, a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for National Security Studies in Israel, which he joined after a long career in the Israeli Defence Forces, where his most senior post was Director of the Strategic Planning Division in the Planning Branch of the General Staff; Dr. Stephen E. “Wilbur” Wright, Professor of Political Science at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies of the Air University (Maxwell, Alabama) and a retired colonel of the United States Air Force; and Mr. Miles Pomper, a Senior Research Associate at the James Martin Centre for Non-proliferation Studies in Washington D.C. and a former Editor-in-Chief of Arms Control Today.
The discussion revolved around various issues concerning Iran’s potential nuclear programme from Iran’s motivation for developing nuclear weapons to military and non-military options for stopping the programme and the possible implications of acquiring nuclear weapons and the emergence of a new nuclear nation in the Middle East. The different arguments and views presented during the debate helped to clarify the context of Israel’s missile defence programme and the positions of Israel, the USA, the Arab countries, the Russian Federation, China and Iran. The main theme of the debate was that Iran’s nuclear programme cannot be stopped without taking anti-Iranian military action that involves occupying the country, identifying all nuclear sites and shutting down their operation. Effective air strikes will only gain time, but they will not stop the development of nuclear weapons. The latter aim can only be achieved if the Iranian leadership decides not to acquire nuclear weapons.

Download: Nuclear Iran – Summary (PDF)

    

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