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A Time to Attack: The Looming Iranian Nuclear Threatby Matthew Kroenig
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Iran's advanced nuclear program may be the world's most important emerging international security challenge. If not stopped, a nuclear-capable Iran will mean an even more crisis-prone Middle East, a potential nuclear-arms race in the region and around the world, and an increased risk of nuclear war against Israel and the United States, among many other imminent global threats.
Matthew Kroenig, internationally recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on Iran's nuclear program, explains why we need to take immediate steps to a diplomatic and, if necessary, a military solution - now - before Iran makes any further nuclear advances. A Time to Attack provides an authoritative account of the history of Iran's nuclear program and the international community's attempts to stop it. Kroenig explains and assesses the options available to policymakers, and reflects on what the resolution of the Iranian nuclear challenge will mean for the future of international order.
This dramatic call to action provides an insider's account of what is being said in Washington about what our next move must be as the crisis continues to develop.
"Kroenig (Exporting the Bomb), an expert in nuclear strategy and national security, has become one of the leading academic voices calling for a military strike on Iran. Making a forceful case here, he writes: 'It is my judgment, based on the preponderance of the evidence, that Iran has in fact made a final decision to build nuclear weapons.' Arguing that 'we can trade Iran's nuclear program, the greatest emerging threat to the country, for limited Iranian military retaliation' — which he estimates as several hundred deaths, mostly in Israel, and a short-term rise in the cost of oil — Kroenig persuasively argues that the consequences of a preemptive strike are far preferable to allowing Iran to build a warhead; he gives short shrift to the advocates of diplomacy and ongoing talks merit only two sentences. Echoing Netanyahu, Kroenig suggests that Obama would be wise to delineate a clear red line which, if passed, would trigger an immediate strike, but he maintains that ultimately the job will fall to the United States, calling the Israeli military option 'an unmitigated disaster.' A continuation of Kroenig's well-received and controversial article in Foreign Affairs, the book provides similarly clear-eyed but divisive advice regarding an urgent situation. Agent: Will Lippincott, Lippincott Massie McQuilkin. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
What does it mean for Iran to have nuclear weapon capabilities? And what should the United States do about this threatening situation?
Irans rapidly advancing nuclear program may be the worlds most important emerging international security challenge. Not only does Iran have confirmed nuclear capabilities, but the country also has the ability to supply them to other regimes—potentially an even greater, imminent global threat. In this dramatic call to action, Matt Kroenig explains why we need to take immediate steps to a diplomatic and, if necessary, a military solution—now—before Iran makes any further nuclear advances. He draws on the current crisis in Syria, an indicator of the devastating potential of just one nations chemical capabilities. A Time to Attack provides an authoritative account of the history of Irans nuclear program and the international communitys attempts to stop it, explains and assesses the options available to policymakers, and reflects on what the resolution of the Iranian nuclear challenge will mean for the future of international order. As this crisis is still developing, this book provides an insiders account of what is being said in Washington about what our next move must be.
About the Author
Matthew Kroenig is internationally recognized as one of the worlds leading authorities on Irans nuclear program. From 2010 to 2011, he was a Special Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he worked on defense policy and strategy for Iran. He has also worked as a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is associate professor and international relations field chair in the department of government at Georgetown University, a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council, and author of Exporting the Bomb.
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