Iran’s Nuclear Programme – Assessing the Options for Cooperation and Conflict

Iran-nuclearOn Wednesday 25th April, the University of Birmingham’s newly established Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) hosted an afternoon of expert discussion on the security implications of the current crisis over Iran’s nuclear programme.

 

Speakers covered the political and military choices which lie ahead, as well as the possibilities for resolving the crisis through diplomacy. They included:

  • Sir Richard Dalton, UK Ambassador to Iran 2003-2006
  • Dr David Dunn, Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Peter Gray, Senior Research Fellow in Air Power Studies, Centre for War Studies, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Naomi Head, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Scott Lucas, Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Adam Quinn, Department of Political and Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Asaf Siniver, Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Nicholas Wheeler, Director of the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Stefan Wolff, Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham

 

Session One: Framing the Debate

 

Chair: Nicholas Wheeler (ICCS)
Stefan Wolff (POLSIS), International Security and the Iranian Threat
Scott Lucas (American & Canadian Studies), The View from Teheran
Asaf Siniver (POLSIS), Will Israel Attack Iran?

 

Session Two: The Challenges and Implications of the Military Option

 

Chair: Asaf Siniver (POLSIS)
David Dunn (POLSIS), The Military-Strategic Dimension
Peter Gray (War Studies), The Effectiveness of Airpower against Iran
Adam Quinn (POLSIS), Iran and the US Presidential Elections

Session Three: Exploring the Potential for Cooperation 

 

Chair: Mark Webber (HoS G&S)
Nicholas Wheeler (ICCS), Building Mutual Security with Iran
Naomi Head (Glasgow), The Contribution of Trust, Empathy and Dialogue
Sir Richard Dalton (Former UK Ambassador to Iran), Is There a Diplomatic Solution?