On September 15, the Iran Task Force of the Atlantic Council hosted a public briefing to mark the release of the Task Force’s fourth issue brief, “How Reliable is Intelligence on Iran’s Nuclear Program?”  

Panelists discussed the difficult role of the United States intelligence community, other Western intelligence agencies, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in gathering critical information about Iran’s nuclear program. The speakers compared the reliability of recent intelligence on Iran to knowledge about Iraq’s nuclear program and recount lessons learned from Iraq. The panelists also discussed Iran’s motivations in continuing nuclear development despite intensifying sanctions and what steps the United States and its diplomatic partners can still take to try to convince Iran not to build and test nuclear weapons.  

The Iran Task Force is co-chaired by Atlantic Council Chairman Senator Chuck Hagel and Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, and seeks to perform a comprehensive analysis of Iran’s internal political landscape, its role in the region and globally, and any basis for an improved relationship with the West. Please click here for more information about the Iran Task Force.

Introductory Remarks by

Sen. Chuck Hagel  
Chairman, Atlantic Council
Co-Chair, Iran Task Force, Atlantic Council

The Hon. Stuart E. Eizenstat
Member, Atlantic Council Board of Directors
Co-Chair, Atlantic Council Iran Task Force

Featured Panelists  

Olli Heinonen
Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
Former Deputy Director, International Atomic Energy Association  

David Albright
Founder and President, Institute for Science and International Security  

Paul Pillar
Director of Graduate Studies, Georgetown University’s Center for Peace and Security Studies
Former National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia  

Moderated by 

Barbara Slavin
Nonresident Fellow, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council 

The Iran Task Force is generously sponsored by the Ploughshares Fund .

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