February 05, 2008
Preventing an Iranian Bomb: Sculpting Effective, Acceptable Strategies
David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security, discussed issues concerning the effort to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb and the unique challenges faced in analyzing the status of the alleged Iranian nuclear arms program. Using satellite imagery, Albright showed that suspected sites for the infrastructure required to develop a nuclear arsenal have undergone marked changes that may be evidence of Iranian efforts to hide the tracks of their program. Albright also discussed the possibilities of military strikes on suspected Iranian nuclear weapons development sites including the feasibility of success, the consequences of such an action and the role Israel may play in such an event.
Albright is a physicist and has written numerous assessments on secret nuclear weapons programs throughout the world. Albright cooperated actively with the IAEA Action Team from 1992 until 1997, focusing on analyses of Iraqi documents and past procurement activities. In June 1996, he was the first non-governmental inspector of the Iraqi nuclear program.
This presentation is part of the Strauss Center's Jon Brumley Chair in Global Affairs. The Brumley Chair funds programs that examine current and past efforts to reconcile technological advances with security needs, particularly the world's struggle to contain the menace of nuclear proliferation.