Iran and the Bomb
Will sanctions and diplomacy be enough to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons? Or is a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities inevitable?

“Because we have employed so many of the options that are available to us to persuade Iran to take a different course, the window for solving this issue diplomatically is shrinking.”
–President Obama during a press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron on March 14, 2012

Iran’s nuclear ambitions have the world on edge. Because of its reluctance to admit international inspectors, and its progress in enriching uranium, the situation is increasingly tense. A nuclear Iran could lead to a Middle Eastern arms race and destabilize the world’s oil market. But are sanctions and other diplomatic efforts enough to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons?

Iran’s nuclear ambitions have the world watching, and few countries are watching closer than Israel, which has threatened pre-emptive strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities. Linda Gradstein reports from Israel.
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Since nuclear weapons were developed, the world has struggled to stop them from spreading. Host Katherine Lanpher looks back at the 60+ year history of nuclear non-proliferation.
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Europe is imposing tough sanctions on Iran, restricting oil purchases and other business. Megan Williams travels to Brussels, Berlin, and Italy to report on how Europe views sanctions, negotiations and the use of force.
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Joseph Braude talks to former White House officials about the evolution of US policy towards Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
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The international community is engaging in a new round of talks with Iran, trying to break a stalemate over nuclear weapons inspections. Host Katherine Lanpher and her guests discuss the next steps for the Obama administration.
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Video Extra

Iran has had a uranium enrichment program for the last decade. Efforts to expand its capability to enrich uranium to make nuclear weapons is causing great concern to the international community.

To discuss the details of Iran's nuclear program, AAM sits down with Paul Brannan, Senior Analyst at the Institute for Science and International Security. For additional perspective, AAM speaks with Blaise Misztal at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Watch »


Featured Experts

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Nicholas Burns is Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair for the Programs on the Middle East and on India and South Asia.
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Juan C. Zarate is a senior adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the senior national security consultant and analyst for CBS News, and a former deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser.
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Iran and the Bomb / Produced by Monica Bushman, Joseph Braude, Linda Gradstein, A.C. Valdez, and Megan Williams, with additional production by Flawn Williams / Web Producers: Javier Barrera and Sam Lavine / Photo: AP Images.

Host: Katherine Lanpher / Length: 51 minutes / Airdate: April 2012

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