Posts Tagged ‘Israel’

Iran in the Crosshairs

September 28, 2012


Iran in the Crosshairs: International Elements of Non-Proliferation Policy

President Obama’s speech at the UN on September 25 amplified the urgent need to confront Iran’s nuclear program.  In an effort to project American strength on the issue, President Obama made the following statement:

“A nuclear-armed Iran … would threaten the elimination of Israel, the security of Gulf nations, and the stability of the global economy.  It risks triggering a nuclear-arms race in the region, and the unraveling of the non-proliferation treaty.  That’s why a coalition of countries is holding the Iranian government accountable.  And that’s why the United States will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

Iran’s rapid development of fissile nuclear material is a complex issue.  The transition from conventional contemporary weapons to nuclear weapons has grave implications for the existence of the State of Israel; the potential for nuclear proliferation, including possession of a nuclear weapon by terrorist organizations; a severe oil shortage; and the degradation of the global ecosystem.

Iran’s ability to acquire a nuclear weapon is a manifestation of nuclear proliferation.  It tells us that the concept of an effective international non-proliferation regime is a marvelous idea that, based on the statements of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has not prevented Iran from moving rapidly toward a nuclear capability.  What is complicating the process?  How can the international community change course? (more…)

All Options are on the Table: U.S. Foreign Policy and Iran

August 20, 2012

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“All options are on the table.”  These six words often spoken by President Obama, presidential aspirant Mitt Romney, DoD Chiefs, and a litany Congressmen define the contemporary U.S. strategic postures towards an Iran seemingly intent on acquiring a nuclear weapon and upsetting global stability.  However, few details are given as to what these words imply.  The magnitude of the threat, qualified by the assurance that this is the U.S.’s most pressing national security threat since 9/11, gives rise to the following question: if all options are on the table, then what are they?  This article outlines the various options that are most likely to be on the table and discusses the implications of each option.

To read the rest of the article, click on the link below.

All Options Are On The Table

By Eric S. Morse

Israel Naval Blockade and Strategic Response

June 16, 2010

Israel’s naval blockade is inflaming tensions in the Middle East.  News agencies have reported that Iran is sending humanitarian aid ships to Gaza, possibly escorted by Revolutionary Guard vessels (see Reuters link below).  A naval confrontation is likely in the near future.

The NSF has written a strategic analysis of Israel’s available options for response.  In addition, several other links below provide contextual background to the recent naval blockade conflict.  One way or another, Israel will have to think critically about the strategic options available for action, and the potential consequences to its international relationships.

NSF Insiders: The Israel Naval Blockade and Strategic Response
By Richard E. Friedman and Eric S. Morse

Reuters News: Iranian Aid Ships Head for Gaza

A Brief History of the Gaza Folly
By Gershom Gorenberg

Report: IHH Preparation for a Violent Confrontation with IDF Soldiers Aboard the Turkish Ship Mavi Mamara

Weekly Standard: Erdogan, Qaradawi, Ramadan, Hamas, and Obama
By Stephen Schwartz