December 07, 2006
D.C. area event on Iran policy
D.C.-area folks with a US-Iran interest might want to attend, next Monday morning, a CATO Institute forum on Iran policy (details below break). Movers and shakers and insiders on the wonk-level will be there, and it is free with (I think) a free lunch. The event coincides with a new CATO paper by Justin Logan on the subject, which concludes that "the United States should begin taking steps immediately to prepare for a policy of deterrence should an Iranian bomb come online in the future. As undesirable as such a situation would be, it appears less costly than striking Iran [militarily]."
How to Deal with Iran: Options for Today and for the Future
Monday, December 11, 2006
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Panel 1: The Policy Options We Face Today
Featured speakers: Trita Parsi, National Iranian-American Council; Sanam Vakil, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Flynt Leverett, New America Foundation; Ted Galen Carpenter, Cato Institute.
Panel 2: What If Our Policy Fails?
Featured speakers: Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, USAF (Ret.), Iran Policy Committee; Lawrence Korb, Center for American Progress; Michael Eisenstadt, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Justin Logan, Cato Institute.
The Cato Institute
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Washington, DC 20001
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Although North Korea and the ongoing Iraq operations will likely remain significant foreign policy challenges for years to come, the issue with potentially the gravest consequences for American national security is Iran's nuclear program. Our first panel examines the most widely discussed options available to the United States today: either diplomacy or attempting to undermine the Iranian regime. Which policy holds the best prospect of advancing American interests? Our second panel will look at the options facing the United States in the event that any proactive policy should fail: either preventive war or deterrence. Which of those undesirable policies would yield the "least bad" result for the United States? Please join us for a wide-ranging discussion of these urgent questions.
The Cato Institute gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ploughshares Fund in making this event possible.
This Cato conference is free of charge. To register for this event, please fill out the form below and click submit or email firstname.lastname@example.org, fax (202) 371-0841, or call (202) 789-5229 by Friday, December 8, 2006 at noon. Please arrive early. Seating is limited and not guaranteed. News media inquiries only (no registrations), please call (202) 789-5200. If you can't make it to the Cato Institute, watch this forum live online.
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Posted by Matthew Hogan at December 7, 2006 03:57 PM
Filed Under: Egghead Stuff
Going to give us a report, or merely being a tease?
Posted by: The Lounsbury at December 8, 2006 01:03 PM
Ain't a-going; real job and stuff. But I think there may be some who are around these here parts who are going. I won't say who, but do buy woolly knittin' to find out.
Posted by: matthew hogan at December 8, 2006 05:58 PM
I ended up oversleeping and watching the webcast instead. The first session was full of people talking about what a horrible idea bombing Iran would be. Everyone speaking supported a grand bargain with Iran. The webcast conked out during the middle of the second session. That had theretofore consisted of folks who had apparently not heard the first bunch of panelists, and wanted to talk about potential weapons and targets.
Ah, the joys of studenthood, the oversleeping bit.
Thanks for the report. Sounds like evil hackers from Red Planet Neocon got to the webcast.:-)
Posted by: matthew hogan at December 14, 2006 12:54 PM