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Briefing on Iran Warmongering on Capitol Hill
Avoiding Disaster: The Consequences of Attacking Iran, and its Alternatives
- A Briefing on Middle East Security and Global Terrorism -
· Paul R. Pillar, Georgetown University, Professor and Former National Intelligence Officer
· Geneive Abdo, The Century Foundation, Director of the insideIRAN project
· Jamal Abdi, National Iranian American Council, Director of Policy
· Heather Hurlburt, National Security Network, Executive Director
· Alejandro J. Beutel (Moderator), Muslim Public Affairs Council, Government & Policy Analyst
Monday, January 30, 2012
121 Cannon HOB
- Lunch will be served -
Rising tension with Iran has led some in Washington to wonder if the United States is inevitably sliding toward war. Iranian officials recently threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, a vital waterway for nearly one-fifth of the world’s oil, and an Iranian nuclear scientist was mysteriously assassinated in the fourth such attack in two years.
Sometimes lacking from these discussions is serious consideration of the potential consequences of a preemptive military strike against Iran. Many believe that such an attack could quickly escalate into a regional war.
In order to discuss the potential consequences of a military strike against Iran, the Muslim Public Affairs Council is hosting a briefing with some of the nation’s top Iran and U.S. national security experts.
Would a military strike eliminate Iranian ability to develop a nuclear weapon? How would an attack affect regional and U.S. security? What would be the effect on oil prices and the global economy? How would an attack affect the Iranian regime and pro-democracy activists?
Keith Ellison Barbara Lee
Member of Congress Member of Congress