Dossier: How to deal with the Iranian nuclear program
IntroductionSince 2006, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung has organised a series of expert discussions on how the international community should deal with Iran's nuclear ambitions. On the one hand, we consider a possible nuclear bomb in the hands of the Islamic republic of Iran as a non-tolerable threat to regional stability, Israel’s security, and Western interests. On the other hand, we do not believe that military action against Iran is a viable alternative. The roundtable series brought together transatlantic experts, diplomats, and policy makers to find common solutions beyond appeasement or bombardment. The discussions have focused on the negotiations at the UN Security Council and the IAEA, on transatlantic policy options for the EU and the US, Russia's regional and international positions, and Iran's regional ambitions and their effect on non-proliferation in the Middle East. In addition, the participants also highlighted the challenges of an Iranian nuclear weapons capability for Israel and Turkey, and the role of international sanctions against Iran.
Roundtables took place in Brussels and London in 2006, in New York in 2007, and in Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Moscow, Paris, and Berlin in 2008. Partner organisations include the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv, the Carnegie Center Moscow, the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, the Aspen Institute Berlin.