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Shadow Over Tehran

The Security and Political Implications of a Nuclear Iran

12:00 AM - 11:59 PM EDT

Shadow Over Tehran
L-R: P.J. Crowley, Rose Gottemoeller, Martin Briens, Ray Takeyh consider the political and security implications of a nuclear Iran.

Shadow Over Tehran: The Security and Political Implications of a Nuclear Iran

July 16, 2004
Growing international fears about Iran’s nuclear capabilities have raised critical questions for regional and global security. The growing nuclear crisis comes amid a series of troubling developments: Iran’s emergence as the dominant regional power as Iraq and Afghanistan decline; a tighter conservative grip on politics after flawed parliamentary elections; and a steep decline in U.S.-Iranian relations.

• Video:
Philip J. “P.J.” Crowley, Rose Gottemoeller, Martin Briens, Ray Takeyh, Q&A

 P.J. Crowley Ray Takeyh  
P.J. Crowley, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress “Looking at potential nuclear crisises around the world, perhaps the most significant one that threaten U.S. interests, European interests and certainly regional interests to the Middle-East is the prospect of a nuclear capable Iran.” Ray Takeyh, Professor at the National Defense University and Adjunct Scholar at the Center for American Progress. “Iran wants nuclear weapons for the purposes of deterrence as opposed to power projection.”  
 Rose Gottemoeller Martin Briens  
Rose Gottemoeller, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “At the moment, I would say that there is an overemphasis in Tehran on the nuclear program as a guarantor of national interest from one end of the political spectrum to the other.” Martin Briens, Counselor, Embassy of France to the United States “Either we let this country pursue its present activities, with the certain knowledge that this would end in confrontation or we embark on the demanding dialogue with Iran.”  

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