WASHINGTON - July 20 -
Preventing a Nuclear Iran:
Alternative Policy Options for the US
Dr. James Walsh,
Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Following his testimony before the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee on July 20, 2006, Dr. James Walsh, a nuclear non-proliferation expert who has recently returned from direct discussions with Iranian leaders in Stockholm, will discuss policy options and recommendations for dealing with Iranís nuclear program.
He will be available for interview and comment in person or by phone.
TODAY - Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 4:00pm
By phone: please use call-in # 1-800-371-8200 and code 050756#
In person: location Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, 322 4th St NE, Washington DC 20002
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Iranian development of a nuclear weapon, while not the end of the world as some have suggested, would adversely affect US, regional, and global security, and would add to the risk that nations or non-state actors might one day use nuclear weapons. This outcome can be avoided, in part, by a smart US nonproliferation strategy. On the other hand, ill-conceived or poorly executed US actions my have the counter-productive effect of making an Iranian bomb even more likely. The importance of getting this right and the complexity of the challenge are apparent but all the more obvious given recent events in Israel and Lebanon.
Dr. Walsh is available for comment on the nature of Iranís nuclear ambitions; the current state and likely prospects of the negotiations between Europe and Iran; US policy options and possible alternatives to those options; and the important role for Congress in resolving the nuclear issue.
James Walsh is a Research Associate at the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he is leading two series of dialogues on nuclear issues, one with leading figures in Iran and another with representatives from North Korea. Dr. Walsh is a member of the Board of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. Before joining MIT, Dr. Walsh was Executive Director of the Managing the Atom Project at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was also a visiting scholar at the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Previously, he was named a Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar by the United States Institute for Peace and won the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship from the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.