Efforts to Stop Iran from Developing a Nuclear Bomb

Feb 06, 2012
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Bushehr nuclear power plant

Public Policy Scholar Aaron David Miller and USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright discuss diplomatic efforts to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and the possibility of armed conflict among Iran, Israel, and the United Steates, on the Diane Rehm Show. They are joined by Karim Sadjadpour, an associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and also discussed the current situation in Syria. Listen to the full broadcast on NPR's website here

"[A unilateral Israeli strike] is possible but it is not probable," says Aaron David Miller. "This is still a war of discretion when it comes to Israeli calculations...the risks and consequences of an Israeli attack right now are still extremely sketchy."

"I don't know anyone who believes that Asad can come out of this politcally and survive," says Robin Wright. "The questions is: how many will die along the way?..it's clear that we're counting on some combination of economic pressure and the military costs of continuing this crackdown."