Weapons of Mass Destruction


Iran and Policy Options for the Next Administration

8:00 to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Reception

8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Session One: Iran's Domestic Politics

Ali Ansari, Professor and Director, Institute for Iranian Studies, University of St. Andrews

Farideh Farhi, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, University of Hawaii

Presider: Lee Cullum, KERA T V

10:00 to 11:15 a.m. Session Two: The Nuclear Dimension and Iranian Foreign Policy

Ashton B. Carter, Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Gary Samore, Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider: Gideon Rose, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Session Three: Policy Options and Recommendations for the Next Administration

Vali Nasr, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Ray Takeyh
, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider: Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations


12:45 to 1:30 p.m. Buffet Lunch

This symposium is made possible through the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.



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