Are Iran’s Nuclear Dangers Overblown?

Iran’s nuclear program continues to generate much heat and light on the global stage.  While the Iranian nuclear challenge is a serious matter, much of the commentary on the degree and immediacy of its dangers is overblown. These are the conclusions of two Iran specialists–Alexander Holstein of and myself–in a dialogue paper published this week by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. In particular, we dismiss the danger that Iran would give nuclear weapons to terrorists, or that a nuclear Iran would immediately result in a cascade of proliferation across the Middle East. We also argue that an attack on Iran, while a possibility, would likely not achieve its ultimate objective of preventing Iran from eventually acquiring nuclear weapons.

You can read the paper here.

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