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.
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