Dealing with a Nuclear Iran

Redlines and Deadlines

Both the Bush and Obama administrations have attempted to end the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program. Most outside parties fear the implications of Iran growing closer to a real nuclear weapons capability, including how security is calculated throughout the Middle East. The prospect of an Iranian bomb is so daunting that several countries—including the United States—have indicated a willingness to use military action to set back the Iranian effort. The consequences of such a strike could themselves shake the foundations of diplomatic and security relationships throughout the Middle East. This report reviews the key conclusions and lessons of a February 2013 conference at CSIS.

Sharon Squassoni