The Atlantic Council’s Iran Task Force held a public briefing on January 17 on the rising conflict between the United States, Israel, and Iran.
Tensions are mounting as the United States and Europe tighten economic sanctions against Iran, and Iran responds with a ten-day naval exercise in the Persian Gulf, and threatens to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz. Meanwhile, the United States and Israel are preparing for their own joint military exercise, “Austere Challenge 12.” Are the chances for a military confrontation between Israel and Iran and between the United States and Iran increasing? Would Israel consult the United States before attacking the Iranian nuclear program? What would be the consequences for the region and world economy?
The Iran Task Force, co-chaired by Atlantic Council Chairman Senator Chuck Hagel and Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, seeks to perform a comprehensive analysis of Iran’s internal political landscape, its role in the region and globally, and any basis for an improved relationship with the West. Please click here for more information about the Iran Task Force.
A discussion with
Director, Military and Security Studies Program
Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Director, South Asia Center
Senior Fellow, South Asia Center
New Atlanticist Analysis
- US Worries Mount over Blowback of Israeli Attack on Iran – Barbara Slavin
- Are U.S., Iran Headed Toward War? – Michael D. Mosettig, PBS NewsHour
- Experts discuss hazards of military confrontation with Iran – Ardavon Naimi, National Iranian American Council
- The Iranian oil embargo: does this mean war? – Julian Borger, The Guardian
- Obama’s pressure on Iran raises fear of a military clash – Kristina Wong, The Washington Times
- What would happen if Iran had the bomb? – Scott Peterson, Christian Science Monitor
The Iran Task Force is generously sponsored by the Ploughshares Fund.