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Telephone Briefing for Media Covering Iran and U.S. Policy Options on Nuclear Development on Feb. 21

Experts Discuss Next Steps on Iran After U.N. Issues Report on Iranian Nuclear Development


Contact: The Century Foundation, 212-452-7722,


NEW YORK, Feb. 19 /Standard Newswire/ -- Two months ago the United Nations Security Council set a deadline of February 21 for Iran to halt its uranium enrichment and imposed targeted international sanctions on the country. If the International Atomic Energy Agency reports that Iran is not in compliance, as expected, the Security Council and the United States in particular will face hard choices.


On February 21, The Century Foundation will host a telephone briefing with three leading experts on the Iran standoff, who will offer their insights into the standoff, the stakes, and strategies for resolving the crisis.


What: Briefing on Iran Nuclear Situation


When: Wednesday, February, 21 2006, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (EST)


Who: Sam Gardiner, Colonel, USAF (Ret), author, The End of the "'Summer of Diplomacy': Assessing U.S. Military Options on Iran"


Bruce Jentleson, Professor of Political Science, Duke University and author of "Sanctions Against Iran: Key Issues"


Barry Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science, MIT, author of "A Nuclear-Armed Iran: A Difficult But Not Impossible Policy Problem"


How: To participate, call: (000)-000-0000; Conference ID # 8471904 ; Space is limited, so please RSVP to or 212-452-7722.


Gardiner argues that, while the planning for a military attack on Iran is far advanced and has strong advocates inside administration circles, such a step would fail to accomplish goals of either nonproliferation or regime change - and military planners know it.


Jentleson writes that, as with the U.N. sanctions imposed on Libya, well designed Security Council sanctions aimed at Iran's nuclear program (not regime change) could in a few years push Tehran to abandon verifiably any nuclear activities linked to weapons development.


Posen argues that if political negotiations stall out and Iran proceeds to nuclear weapons development, it may be a serious blow to the nonproliferation regime-but the effect on regional security would not be great, and any risk contained by prudent deterrence.


The reports are available online at The Century Foundation