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Weighing the Benefits and Costs of Military Action Against Iran

Former senior national security officials, military officers, and experts with decades of Middle East experience will convene to present the Iran Project’s Report, a balanced, fact-based analysis on the benefits and costs of military action against Iran. Moving the debate past politics and unexamined assumptions about the ability of military action to achieve U.S. objectives, they offer in this report a foundation for clear thinking about the potential use of force against Iran.

Date & Time

Sep. 13, 2012
12:30pm – 2:00pm

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Weighing the Benefits and Costs of Military Action Against Iran

Former senior national security officials, military officers, and experts with decades of Middle East experience will convene to present the Iran Project’s Report, a balanced, fact-based analysis on the benefits and costs of military action against Iran. Moving the debate past politics and unexamined assumptions about the ability of military action to achieve U.S. objectives, they offer in this report a foundation for clear thinking about the potential use of force against Iran.

They will examine four central questions: At what point is the use of force justified? What are the objectives of military action and does the United States have the capacity to achieve them? What is the exit strategy?  What are the likely benefits of using military force and what are the immediate and long-term costs?

A panel discussion featuring:

Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Lieutenant General Frank Kearney, former Deputy Commander at U.S. Special Operations Command

Dr. James Walsh, MIT Security Studies Program

To RSVP acceptance or to receive further information, send an email to Flaronica.Allen@wilsoncenter.org . Please provide your name and professional affiliation.

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Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform U.S. foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more

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