MANCHESTER - Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning presents "Iran and the Bomb" with Middlebury College Professor Russell J. Leng on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. This lecture will take place at Burr and Burton Academy's Hunter Seminar Room in Manchester. This lecture will first address some basic background on nuclear weapons and the potential cause of their use, before turning to Iran's nuclear program.

Consideration will be given to why Iran would want nuclear weapons within the context of Iran's history and its relations with its neighbors and the West, particularly Iran's relations with the United States and Israel. What are Iran's capabilities, and specifically how close is Iran to producing one or more nuclear weapons?

Professor Leng will conclude his talk discussing the pros and cons of the options that the U. S. has been employing or considering: diplomacy, economic sanctions, military force, and containment.

Russell Leng is the Jermain Professor Emeritus of Political Economy and International Law at Middlebury College, where he taught international politics for 40 years.

He has been the recipient of several grants from the National Science Foundation for his research on international conflict and diplomacy, which has yielded two books and over 50 articles in scholarly journals.

He holds a Ph.D. from American University and a B.A. from Middlebury College. Besides continuing to teach part-time at Middlebury, he currently serves on the Middlebury Board of Trustees.

The registration fee is $20. For more information and to register, visit greenmtnacademy.


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