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When Iran Gets the Bomb: What Will It Do? What Will Others Do? What Will Be the Costs?

As the world debates whether a steep price should be paid to stop prospects of an Iranian nuclear weapon, there remains little understanding of what consequences might flow from Iran’s possession of such weapons.

Hudson Institute hosted a conference to analyze a world in which first Iran, and then some of Iran’s neighbors, become nuclear weapons states. The conference did not seek to prejudge whether Iran will be stopped from reaching its nuclear goals, but explored in greater depth the kinds of problems that the free world may encounter over time if Iran is not stopped. This discussion may help illuminate the costs of failure and show how the United States can prepare for a world that includes a nuclear-armed Iran.

The conference consisted of two sessions held between 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM. They were conducted in an interactive workshop fashion. The first session discussed a world in which Iran has a small nuclear arsenal, and the second session discussed a poly-nuclear Middle East.

This event will be streamed online here:


Hillel Fradkin, Moderator

Hudson Senior Fellow and Director, Center on Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World

Lewis Libby, Moderator

Senior Vice President, Hudson Institute

Husain Haqqani, Panelist

Boston University

Ali Alfoneh, Panelist

American Enterprise Institute

David Wurmser, Panelist

Delphi Global Analysis

Samantha Ravich, Panelist

Office of the Vice President

Bruno Tertrais, Panelist

Senior Research Fellow, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique

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