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Apr 10

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Campaign 2012: The Challenge of Containing Iran

Event Materials



  • High Stakes and Low Expectations

    Suzanne Maloney: The upcoming negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program are very high stakes and low expectations. While this may set the stage for long term compromise, Iranians are still not convinced that they need to solve the nuclear problem.

    Suzanne Maloney

  • Arab Attitudes Toward a Nuclear Iran

    Shibley Telhami: In the Arab world today, governments seek a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East with Israel in the equation, whereas the majority of the Arab public does not want international pressure on Iran to stop its nuclear program.

    Shibley Telhami

  • A Preemptive Strike from Israel?

    Michael Doran: Israel''s willingness to carry out a preemptive strike against Iran is tied closely to two key electoral issues: the security question with respect to Iran, and President Obama''s relationship with the Netanyahu government.

    Michael Doran

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Iran remains a central foreign policy challenge for the United States as tension mounts over its growing nuclear program. The country’s support for destabilizing forces throughout the Middle East, unpredictable domestic politics and hostility toward Israel pose a great threat to regional and international security. Although an international coalition has deployed an array of economic sanctions, dealing with Iran will remain a key challenge for the United States.

On April 10, the Campaign 2012 project at Brookings held a discussion on Iran, the fourth in a series of forums that identify and address the 12 most critical issues facing the next president. Josh Gerstein of POLITICO moderated a panel discussion with Brookings experts Suzanne Maloney, Shibley Telhami and Michael Doran, who presented recommendations to the next president.

After the program, panelists took questions from the audience.

You can follow the conversation on this event on Twitter using the hashtag #BIIran or on our @BICampaign2012 Twitter feed.

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Event Agenda


April 10, 2012

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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