US-Israel & Iran: Looking Military Confrontation?
January 17, 2012
This public briefing by the Atlantic Council's Iran Task Force on January 17, 2012, covers the rising conflict between the United States, Israel, and Iran. Tensions mount as the United States and Europe tighten economic sanctions against Iran, and Iran responds with a ten-day naval exercise in the Persian Gulf, and threatens to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
Meanwhile, the United States and Israel are preparing for their own joint military exercise, "Austere Challenge 12." Are the chances for a military confrontation between Israel and Iran and between the United States and Iran increasing? Would Israel consult the United States before attacking the Iranian nuclear program? What would be the consequences for the region and world economy?
Panelists discuss these issues, the impact of the domestic political climates in Israel and the United States on Iran policy, and possible diplomatic approaches to the Iranian nuclear program.
Moderator: Barbara Slavin, Senior Fellow, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council