The South Asia Center of the Atlantic Council hosted a debate between experts Michael Ledeen and Flynt Leverett on how best to approach Iran's nuclear ambitions and on possible courses of action for the U.S. and its allies to halt Iran's capacity to weaponize its nuclear program. Washington Post columnist and creator of PostGlobal David Ignatius moderated the discussion, and Frederick Kempe, President and CEO of the Atlantic Council, provided an introduction.
Both the tempo and the temperature of the dialogue on Iran have been on the rise in recent months, as the Obama administration attempts to craft a new policy towards the country in the wake of contentious elections and outbreaks of public unrest. Many different solutions have been offered by analysts – ranging from military action to sharper economic sanctions to support for dissident movements. But are these solutions practicable? Do we really understand Iran and its motivations?