Iran by Ray Takeyh
The Nuclear Challenge

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"Iran: The Nuclear Challenge maps the objectives, tools, and strategies for dealing with one of the most vexing issues facing the United States and global community today.

The book brings together leading experts—CFR’s Elliott Abrams, Robert D. Blackwill, Robert M. Danin, Richard A. Falkenrath, Matthew Kroenig, Meghan L. O’Sullivan, and Ray Takeyh—on the issues and contingencies surrounding Iran’s nuclear program, including sanctions, negotiations, U.S. and Israeli military options, regime change, and how to deal with a latent or actual Iranian nuclear weapons capability.

This volume presents one of the clearest pictures of Iran’s nuclear program to date, along with the various policy options available to the United States and others and their potential consequences."

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Elliott Abrams is senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as a deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser in the George W. Bush administration, where he supervised U.S. policy in the Middle East. Abrams joined the Bush administration as special assistant to the president and senior director of the National Security Council (NSC) for democracy, human rights, and international organizations. From 2002 to 2005, he served as special assistant to the president and senior director of the NSC for Near East and North African affairs. He served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for global democracy strategy from 2005 to 2009. In that capacity he supervised both the Near East and North African affairs and the democracy, human rights, and international organizations directorates of the NSC. Abrams served in the State Department during all eight years of the Reagan administration, first as assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs, then as assistant secretary for human rights and humanitarian affairs, and finally as assistant secretary for inter-American affairs. He holds a BA from Harvard, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a JD from Harvard Law School. Robert D. Blackwill is Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. As deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for strategic planning under President George W. Bush, he was responsible for government-wide policy planning to help develop and coordinate the mid- and long-term direction of American foreign policy. He served as presidential envoy to Iraq and was coordinator for U.S. policies regarding Afghanistan and Iran. He went to the National Security Council after serving as the U.S. ambassador to India from 2001 to 2003, and is the recipient of the 2007 Bridge-Builder Award for his role in transforming U.S.-India relations. He was previously the Belfer lecturer in international security at the Harvard Kennedy School. From 1989 to 1990, Blackwill was special assistant to President George H.W. Bush for European and Soviet affairs, during which time he was awarded the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit by the Federal Republic of Germany for his contribution to German unification. The author and editor of many articles and books on U.S. foreign policy and security, he is on the council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Aspen Strategy Group, and on the board of Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Robert M. Danin is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He headed the Jerusalem mission of the Quartet representative, Tony Blair, from April 2008 until August 2010. A former career State Department official with over twenty years of Middle East experience, Danin previously served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs with responsibilities for Israeli-Palestinian issues and Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt. He also served at the National Security Council for over three years, first as director for Israeli-Palestinian affairs and the Levant and then as acting senior director for Near East and North African affairs. A recipient of the State Department's Superior Honor Award, Danin has served as a Middle East and Gulf specialist on the secretary of state's policy planning staff, and as a senior Middle East political and military analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Prior to joining the State Department, he worked as a Jerusalem-based journalist covering Israeli and Palestinian politics. Danin holds a BA in history from the University of California, Berkeley, an MSFS degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and a doctorate in the international relations of the Middle East from St. Antony's College, Oxford University. Richard A. Falkenrath is Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis adjunct senior fellow for counterterrorism and homeland security at the Council on Foreign Relations. He also currently serves as principal of the Chertoff Group, LLC. From 2006 to 2010, Falkenrath served as the New York City Police Department's deputy commissioner for counterterrorism, where he strengthened the city's overall effort to prevent, prepare for, and respond to terrorist attacks. Prior to that, Falkenrath was an analyst at CNN and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he focused on global efforts to combat terrorism and reduce societal "tail risks." From 2001 to 2004, he held several leadership positions within the White House advising the president and his senior team, including director for proliferation strategy within the National Security Council. Falkenrath is founder and coprincipal investigator of the Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness, a consultant to the RAND Corporation, and a member of the Aspen Strategy Group. He also sits on various boards and committees, including the advisory panel to assess domestic response capabilities for terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction (the Gilmore Commission), the director's review committee of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the director of Central Intelligence's nonproliferation advisory panel. Matthew Kroenig is an assistant professor of government at Georgetown University and a Stanton nuclear security fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author or editor of several books, including Exporting the Bomb: Technology Transfer and the Spread of Nuclear Weapons. His articles have appeared in publications such as the American Political Science Review, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Organization, International Security, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Perspectives on Politics, Security Studies, the New Republic, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Washington Quarterly, and USA Today. He has provided commentary on BBC, CNN, C-SPAN, NPR, and many other media outlets. From July 2010 to July 2011, Kroenig was a Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow in the Department of Defense, where he worked on Middle East defense policy. Previously, in 2005, he worked as a strategist in the office of the secretary of defense, where he authored the first-ever U.S. government strategy for deterring terrorist networks. For his work, he was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense's Award for Outstanding Achievement. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and co-chair of CFR's Term Member Advisory Committee. The views expressed in Kroenig's chapter are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of Defense or the U.S. government. Meghan L. O'Sullivan is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and also the Jeane Kirkpatrick professor of the practice of international affairs at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University. From July 2004 to September 2007, O'Sullivan was special assistant to President George W. Bush and also held the position of deputy national security adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan for the last two years of this tenure. She also worked in policy planning at the State Department and was a fellow at the Brookings Institution. Her publications include Shrewd Sanctions: Statecraft and State Sponsors of Terrorism and an edited volume with Richard N. Haass, Honey and Vinegar: Incentives, Sanctions, and Foreign Policy. O'Sullivan has been awarded the Defense Department's highest honor for civilians, the Distinguished Public Service Medal, and has three times been awarded the State Department's Superior Honor Award. She is also a foreign affairs columnist for Bloomberg View, a director on the board of TechnoServe, an adviser to Hess Corporation, and a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Aspen Strategy Group. O'Sullivan is also an adviser to Mitt Romney. She holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MSc in economics and a DPhil in politics from Oxford University. Ray Takeyh is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and an adjunct professor at the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University. He recently held the post of senior adviser to the special adviser for the Gulf and Southwest Asia at the U.S. Department of State. He was previously professor of national security studies at the National War College; professor and director of studies at the Near East and South Asia Center, National Defense University; fellow in international security studies at Yale University; and fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Takeyh's most recent book is Guardians of the Revolution: Iran and the World in the Age of the Ayatollahs. He is the author of a number of previous books including Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic and The Origins of the Eisenhower Doctrine: The US, Britain and Nasser's Egypt, 1953–57. He has published widely, including articles in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the National Interest, Survival, World Policy Journal, Washington Quarterly, Orbis, Middle East Journal, Political Science Quarterly, and Middle East Policy. Takeyh earned a doctorate in modern history from Oxford University.
Published June 6, 2012 by Council on Foreign Relations Press. 91 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences.

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