Axis of Anxiety: U.S. Options on Iran
“Getting Iran wrong is the single thread that has linked American administrations of all political persuasions,” writes Council Senior Fellow Ray Takeyh in his new book, Hidden Iran. Join Takeyh, Kenneth Pollack, and Barbara Slavin for an inside glimpse of the country, as well as some policy prescriptions for dealing with Iran.
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch Reception
12:30 - 1:30 p.m Meeting
Considering a report from CFR and the Program on International Policy Attitudes, Stewart Patrick discusses why the majority of Americans will not accept a nuclear Iran.
"Some say Iran and the United States have "crossed the Rubicon," and there is no road back to the old ways. Whatever metaphor one uses, Iran and the United States have ventured into new and unfamiliar territory for which neither side has reliable maps. In this new reality, both sides must use long-neglected tools and exercise atrophied muscles. On this new ground they must put aside the old practices of reflexive bashing and insults and relearn elementary diplomacy: how to listen, how to be patient and how to be careful with language. They must relearn the value of quiet and private contacts, which without the need for posturing can set the stage for more fruitful public events."