Over a decade has passed since Iranian dissidents first revealed the Islamic Republic’s illicit nuclear program. Since then, the international community has made herculean efforts to ensure that Tehran – the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism – be kept away from the world’s most dangerous weapons.
Last November, crippling sanctions implemented by the US, UN and EU finally forced Iran to sign a six-month interim agreement enhancing nuclear inspections and limiting certain aspects of enrichment in exchange for significant sanctions relief. The interim deal was meant to lead to a permanent agreement, but with the six-month deadline fast approaching, none seems in sight.
Which tools – economic and diplomatic – can Western negotiators use to persuade Iran to change its course? What happens if negotiations fail, and the mullahs continue their march toward nuclear weapons? Should the West prepare for military action? If so – what kind, when and by whom?
By kind invitation of Matthew Offord MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a discussion with Michael Doran, Roger Hertog Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence (2007-2008), and Senior Director at the National Security Council (2008-2009). Dr. Doran will discuss the ongoing international nuclear negotiations with Iran, their prospects for success and the consequences of their potential failure.
Michael Doran is the Roger Hertog Senior Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington. He specialises in Middle East security issues.
During the George W. Bush administration, Dr. Doran served as a Senior Director in the National Security Council, responsible for devising and coordinating national strategies on a variety of Middle East issues including Arab-Israeli relations and U.S. efforts to contain Iran and Syria. He also served as a senior advisor in the State Department and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon.
An academic by training, Dr. Doran has held teaching positions at New York University, Princeton and the University of Central Florida. He is the author of Pan-Arabism before Nasser: Egyptian Power Politics and the Palestine Question and is now completing a book about President Dwight Eisenhower and the Middle East. Dr. Doran has published extensively, including in Foreign Affairs, Commentary, Mosaic, The AmericanInterest, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.