Panel to consider consequences of preemptive strike on Iran

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A former nuclear negotiator for Iran and a former special adviser to the U.S. secretary of defense are among the experts who will participate in a panel discussion titled “A Preemptive Strike on Iran? Economic and Geopolitical Consequences.”

Co-sponsored by the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization and the Iranian Studies Initiative at Yale, the panel discussion will take place on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. in Rm. 114 of Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall, on the corner of Grove and Prospect streets. It is free and open to the public.

The panel will be moderated by Ernesto Zedillo, the Frederic Iseman ’74 Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization and former president of Mexico. Zedillo has served on the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament and chaired a commission on the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency to 2020 and beyond.

Panelists include Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a former spokesman for Iran’s nuclear negotiators and author of “The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Memoir”; Matthew Kroenig, the author of the Foreign Affairs article “Time to Attack Iran,” a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a faculty member at Georgetown University; Hillard Huntington, the executive director of the Energy Modeling Forum at Stanford University and an expert on the risks brought on by oil market disruptions; and Suzanne Maloney, a senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and author of “Iran’s Long Reach: Iran as a Pivotal State in the Muslim World.”

The panel discussion at Yale is timely, note the organizers, especially in light of the recent speeches at the United Nations General Assembly by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose comments raised questions about a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The panelists will analyze the rationale and likelihood of such a strike, and imagine the geopolitical and economic chain of events it would trigger.

The Yale Center for the Study of Globalization examines the impact of our increasingly integrated world on individuals, communities, and nations, and explores solutions to problems that, even if they do not result directly from globalization, are global in nature, and can therefore be effectively addressed only through international cooperation. The Iranian Studies Initiative at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies promotes study of Iran, Afghanistan, and the Persian cultural sphere, with emphasis on regional and international affairs; domestic political developments; and society, religion, culture, law, medicine and public health, economy, and the environment.

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