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The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Tehran Defies The West

Recorded on September 1, 2009

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

Dore Gold's stark warning is - that if we stay on the path we're on - the Ayatollahs will have the bomb.  He argues that diplomatic engagement with Iran has never worked.  Iran has pursued its nuclear ambitions at first in secret and then in defiance of the United Nations and Western protests - and it will not be stopped by Western diplomats waving olive branches and offering promises of aid or threats of sanctions.  In The Rise of Nuclear Iran, Gold confronts one of the most important foreign policy questions of our time: Will Iran be allowed to become a nuclear power - and at what cost?

Dore Gold, President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, served as Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations from 1997 through 1999 and was Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.  He has been a diplomatic envoy to the leaders of Egypt, Jordan, the Persian Gulf states, and the Palestinian Authority and has been intimately involved in Arab-Israeli negotiations.  He earned his Ph.D. in International Relations and Middle East Studies from Columbia University and has written numerous books and articles on the region.