Europe and Iran's Nuclear Ambitions: Challenges and Prospects

March 09, 2010 // 1:00pm3:00pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
History and Public Policy Program
International Security Studies
Middle East Program

The drive to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons is among the most important issues facing the international community today, and Europe's role is central to the ongoing diplomacy surrounding this effort.

His Excellency Klaus Scharioth, ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States, Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Shahram Chubin, and Bernard Hourcade, a senior research fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, will discuss Europe and Iran's Nuclear Ambitions: Challenges and Prospects.

Klaus Scharioth is the ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States. He presented his credentials to President George W. Bush on March 13, 2006. Ambassador Scharioth was born in 1946 in Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia. He studied law in Bonn, Freiburg and Geneva. He is also a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he studied international relations, international law and international economics and received his Ph.D. He entered the Foreign Service in 1976 and was political director before serving as state secretary of the German Foreign Office from 2002 onwards. He is married and has three children.

Shahram Chubin is a Woodrow Wilson Center public policy scholar whose research focuses on nonproliferation, terrorism, and Middle East security issues. Chubin was director of studies at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland, from 1996 to 2009. A specialist in the security problems of the Middle East region, he has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense, the RAND Corporation, and the United Nations. He has published widely in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Security, Washington Quarterly, Survival, Daedalus, the Middle East Journal, the World Today and the Adelphi Paper series. He received his doctorate from Columbia University.

Bernard Hourcade is a senior research fellow at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris) and a specialist on Iranian politics. He received his doctorate in geography from University of Paris-Sorbonne, and was the director of the French Institute of Iranian Studies (IFRI) in Tehran (1978-1993). Dr. Hourcade is a member of several scientific and editorial boards, including Iranian Studies (New York), Espace géographique (Paris), Iranian Journal of Geopolitics (Tehran), and Geographical Research Quarterly (Mashhad). He publishes widely on Iran and Iranian politics, most recently Géopolitique de l'Iran. (Paris, A. Colin. Forthcoming, May 2010), L'Iran au XXe siècle. (Paris, Fayard, 2007) and others.

Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Emily R. Buss // Program Assistant

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