Countdown: Iran, Israel and the Threat of a Military Strike


Associated Program:
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum
Nazila Fathi
Charles Freilich
Steven Miller
Meghan O'Sullivan
David Sanger

Stephen Walt moderates this discussion of the possibility of a military attack on Iran’s nuclear program by four distinguished panelists—Nazila Fathi, an journalist who reported for The New York Times from Tehran until forced to leave by government threats, Charles Freilich, a senior fellow at the Belfer Center and former deputy national security advisor in Israel, Steven Miller, the director of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center, and David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times. Each presents a different perspective on Iran’s nuclear program and on potential U.S. and Israeli policy responses. Panelists address Iran’s strategic motivations in seeking nuclear capacity, the nature of the threat that a nuclear Iran might pose, and the calculus behind Israeli and U.S. policy choices.