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Kenneth M. Pollack: Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy

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How close are we to a nuclear Iran? What does it mean for American foreign policy? How did we get here—and what do we do now? Former CIA analyst Kenneth M. Pollack explores America’s intractable problem with Iran, Tehran’s pursuit of nuclear-weapons capability, and the prolonged clash that led us to our present point. Setting out key solutions to the Iran nuclear question, Pollack explains and assesses options for American policymakers, from aiding the Iranian opposition and urging popular regime change to an Israeli military strike, to redoubling our efforts at a carrot-and-stick approach that combines negotiations and tougher sanctions.

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Kenneth M. Pollack, PhD is a noted former CIA intelligence analyst and expert on Middle East politics and military affairs. He has served on the National Security Council staff and worked for the Brookings Institution as the Director of Research at its Saban Center for Middle East Policy. He previously worked for the Council of Foreign Relations as their Director of National Security Studies. 


Following his discussion, Mr. Pollack will sign copies of his new book, Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy.

$10 general; $5 WAC members.