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There is no doubt that a nuclear Iran would be a danger to the United States and its allies. But would the costs of going to war outweigh the costs of tolerating a nuclear Iran? And is diplomacy without the threat of military force ineffective?
For the motion
Vice president for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC.
George is an expert in US foreign policy, non-proliferation, security, global governance, non-governmental actors, India, Iran and Pakistan.Read More
International Crisis Group's Iran Analyst
Karim Sadjadpour is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment. He joined Carnegie after four years as the chief Iran analyst at the International... Read More
Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
Sanam is a former research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations' Iran Project and served as a consultant to the World Bank Group's Middle... Read More
Against the motion
Deputy Director for Research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in Washington, DC.
Patrick's previous positions include five years as senior research professor at the National Defense University's Institute for National Strategic... Read More
Reuel Marc Gerecht
Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Reuel Marc Gerecht is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-partisan institution focusing on national security... Read More
Editor of the influential Washington-based political magazine, the Weekly Standard
Kristol is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading political analysts and commentators, Kristol regularly appears on Fox News Sunday and... Read More
Where Do You Stand?
For The Motion
In the interest of self-preservation, Iran is unlikely to engage in unprovoked nuclear warfare against the West; thus efforts to subvert a nuclear Iran are more dangerous than tolerating one.
Imposing nuclear sanctions on Iran would foster nationalistic sentiment and further challenge diplomatic relations between the Iranian government and the West.
The U.S. does not have the global political capital to force Iran to comply with its demands, and attempts to do so would harm America’s reputation abroad.
Against The Motion
Iran has declared its intent to use nuclear weapons for military purposes and poses an immediate threat to its enemies; the U.S. should act before Iran develops a nuclear arsenal and cannot be diplomatically contained.
Once developed, Iran’s nuclear program will likely extend to its allies and may lead to a global arms race.