LISD and the Woodrow Wilson School co-sponsored a roundtable discussion on the ongoing Iranian nuclear crisis, titled “Iran, Its Nuclear Capabilities, and the Region,” on Thursday, March 30, 2006 at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus.
Roundtable participants included: Ali Ansari, Reader at the School for Modern History, University of St. Andrews; Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, LISD Director (moderator); Frank von Hippel, Professor of Public and International Affairs and Co-Director, Program on Science and Global Security, Woodrow Wilson School; and Johannes Reissner, Head of the Middle East and Africa Research Unit, German Institute for International Politics and Security (SWP) in Berlin.
The roundtable was part of a larger private LISD colloquium on Friday, March 31 through Saturday, April 1. The colloquium featured the participation of high level diplomats, academics, and international practitioners currently seized with the ongoing crisis, the region, and related policy issues. The colloquium examined three key facets of the current crisis: Iran's nuclear aspirations, based on its perception of external threats as well as in relation to the internal politics of the country; Iran’s interstate relations and the role it occupies within the Middle East and Central Asia; and Iran’s and the wider region’s relations with the West.