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Russia, Iran and the Bomb: What Should the Bush Administration Do?

Recorded on June 27, 2005

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

U.S. News & World Report calls Joel C. Rosenberg a "modern Nostradamus" for his uncanny track record of writing novels that seem to come true. In his newest political thriller, The Ezekiel Option - launching nationwide on June 27th- the New York Times best-selling novelist takes readers inside a nightmare scenario: the rise of a Russian dictator in Moscow hell-bent on building a nuclear alliance with the mullahs of Iran.

Though a work of fiction, The Ezekiel Option raises a number of serious and urgent questions for policymakers in Washington. Among them: If Russian President Vladimir Putin is truly a partner for peace, why is Russia selling nuclear technology to the most dangerous state sponsor of terrorism on the planet? What exactly are Mr. Putin's goals vis-à-vis Iran? How close is Tehran to building or buying a nuclear bomb? Will Israel attack Iran to stop their nuclear program? What should the Bush administration do?

Rosenberg, a former Heritage Foundation staffer (1990-1993), has served as a senior advisor to a number of U.S.and Israeli political leaders, including U.S.presidential candidate Steve Forbes, former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and former Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Natan Sharansky. In doing research for The Ezekiel Option, he met with senior Russian, Israeli and American officials in Moscow, Jerusalem and Washington, and will describe what he learned in this first speech of his summer book tour.

Rosenberg's first novel, The Last Jihad, opened with a kamikaze attack on an American city that led to war with Iraq over terrorism and weapons of mass destruction - but it was all written before 9/11 and published 6 months before the actual war with Iraq. Rosenberg's second novel, The Last Days, opened with the death of Yasser Arafat and an American president pushing for peace and democracy in Iraq, the West Bank and Gaza - but it was published 13 months before Arafat's actual death. The two novels have spent 15 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 22 weeks on the USA Today bestseller list, and have nearly one million copies in print.

Copies of The Ezekiel Option will be available for purchase.