What to do about Iran? Three viewpoints

May 1, 2012
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Iranian women walk past a mural depicting Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L) and late revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (R). Credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images

Negotiations with Western powers in Turkey, internal turmoil in Iran, the Stuxnet virus, harsher sanctions, tough talk from Prime Minister Netanyahu….the headlines continue. What should the West, America and Israel do about the looming threat of a nuclear Iran? There are three leading points of view on how the United States should handle Iran; that we should take muscular military action to curb Iran’s nuclear threat, that we proceed with a “wait and see” approach, or that we should learn to live with a nuclear Iran as we have with other nuclear states like Pakistan and India. These and other options are discussed by a distinguished panel of experts.


Jim Walsh, an expert in international security and a Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program. He is one of a handful of experts who has traveled to Iran and North Korea for talks with officials about nuclear issues. He has written articles on the Iran issue in The New York Times, the New York Review of Books and numerous other journals. He has taught at both Harvard and MIT.

Robert G. Kaufman, professor of public policy at Pepperdine University and a political scientist specializing in foreign policy and national security matters. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University and his doctorate from Columbia University. His articles have appeared in The Weekly Standard, the Washington Times, the Baltimore Sun and the Philadelphia Inquirer, among others. His most recent book is In Defense of the Bush Doctrine. He has taught at the Naval War College, Colgate University, and the University of Vermont.

Reza Aslan, an acclaimed writer and scholar of religions. He has authored the international best seller, No God But God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam and How to Win A Cosmic War. He received his doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is on the faculty at UC Riverside. He is the co-founder and chief creative officer of BoomGen Studios, the premier entertainment brand for creative content from and about the greater Middle East.

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