Preventing a Nuclear-Armed Iran: What Will Work? What Can Be Done?

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is pleased to host a Leading Thinkers forum of expert stakeholders, policy makers and journalists. Farhad Khosrokhavar, renowned Iran expert and Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etude, David Albright, President of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), Karim Sadjadpour, Iran expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Reuel Marc Gerecht, senior fellow at FDD, will be among the lead presenters of the timely conversation.

Other speakers include:

David Aaron is director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at the RAND Corporation.  Ambassador Aaron’s areas of expertise include national security, the Middle East, terrorism and homeland security.

Nissan Amdur is minister-counselor for political affairs at the Israeli Embassy. Previously, he served a three year term as deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of Israel in Cairo as well as four years in Moscow, where he was in charge of Public Affairs and Interfaith Relations, and two years in Ankara, where he held the portfolio of Middle Eastern Affairs.

Michael Adler covered the Iranian nuclear crisis extensively for Agence France-Presse while in Vienna from 2002-2007 where he reported on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He is a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Ali Alfoneh is a leading expert on civil-military relations in Iran and specifically on the role of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iranian society. Mr. Alfoneh is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Eitan Arusy is a former intelligence analyst at New York's District Attorney Office where he worked on Iran related cases, including the Alavi Foundation and Lloyds Bank cases. He is currently Director of Strategic Intelligence and Research at RJI Capital Corporation.

Reva Bhalla is director of analysis at STRATFOR, overseeing the company’s analysts, assessing the geopolitical impact of breaking developments, assisting in shaping forecasts and maintaining flows of intelligence from human and open sources.

Jillian Burns is responsible for all issues pertaining to Iran at the Department of State’s Office of Policy Planning Staff.

Richard Carlson is vice chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Ambassador Carlson was director of the Voice of America for the last six years of the Cold War, the longest running director-general in the 50-year history of VOA.

Deepti Choubey leads the Carnegie International Nonproliferation Conference and serves as the Deputy Director of the Nonproliferation Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Daniel Dombey is a columnist for the Financial Times.  He focuses on Iran and the Middle East peace process, as well as competition policy, liberalisation issues, corporate governance, and key legal cases, including Microsoft and Alstom.

Mark Dubowitz is Executive Director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He is also Director of FDD’s Iran Energy Project, which focuses on researching Iran’s energy vulnerabilities and formulating policies to prohibit the sale of refined petroleum to Iran.

Nicholas Eberstadt is the Henry Wendt scholar in political economy at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI).  Dr. Eberstadt is also a senior adviser to the National Board of Asian Research, and a member of the Global Leadership Council at the World Economic Forum.

Michael Eisenstadt served as an advisor to the State Department's Future of Iraq Project, and served on the congressionally mandated Iraq Study Group (the Baker-Hamilton Commission). Mr. Eisenstadt is a Senior Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Sebastian Gorka, an associate professor at National Defense University, is an international authority on issues of national security and terrorism, and a Military Affairs Fellow at FDD.  Dr. Gorka is the Founding Director of the Institute for Transitional Democracy and International Security.

John Hannah is a former National Security Advisor to Vice President Cheney. He is a Senior Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Michael Isikoff is an Investigative Correspondent for Newsweek. Mr. Isikoff has written extensively on the U.S. government's war on terrorism, the Abu Ghraib scandal, campaign-finance and congressional ethics abuses, presidential politics and other national issues.

Thomas Joscelyn is a terrorism analyst and a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies with research focused on how al-Qaeda and its affiliates operate around the world. He is the author of Iran's Proxy War Against America.

Kenneth Katzman is a specialist in Middle East affairs for the Congressional Research Service where he provides analysis on Persian Gulf political, military and diplomatic affairs, and on U.S. policy in that region, to members of Congress and their staffs. He has served in government and the private sector as an analyst in Persian Gulf affairs, with special emphasis on Iran and Iraq.

Jonathan Kay is a Managing Editor of Canada’s National Post newspaper, a weekly columnist on the newspaper’s op-ed page, and a regular blogger on their web site. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Glenn Kessler is an acclaimed diplomatic correspondent for The Washington Post. He is a recipient of numerous awards for journalism, including two shared Pulitzer Prizes.

Orde Kittrie is a professor of law at Arizona State University and a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). Mr. Kittrie is a leading expert on nuclear nonproliferation and especially nuclear nonproliferation legal issues and sanctions.

Michael Ledeen is an Iran expert the Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.  He is the author of the recently published book "Accomplice to Evil: Iran and the War Against the West."  Dr. Ledeen has served as a consultant to the National Security Council, the State Department, and the Defense Department.  He has also served as a special adviser to the Secretary of State.

Michael Makovsky specializes in the intersection of international energy markets with U.S. national security. He served as Special Assistant for Iraqi energy policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and is now a foreign policy expert at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Clifford May is President of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He has had a long and distinguished career in journalism, working as The New York Times foreign bureau chief and an editor of The New York Times Sunday Magazine.

Omid Memarian is an Iranian human rights activist.  In 2005, he received the Human Rights Defender Award, Human Rights Watch’s highest honor for his courageous work as a human rights activist.  Mr. Memarian works as a freelance writer for the IPS News Agency (Inter Press Service), Rooz Online.

Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland is a national security commentator and columnist who appears weekly on a number of TV, online and national radio programs. Ms. McFarland held national security posts in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan Administrations, and received the Defense Department’s highest civilian award.

Robert “Bud” McFarlane is chairman and CEO of McFarlane Associates Inc., developing energy projects in Russia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as working with non-profit organizations to develop methods and projects to utilize alternative forms of energy and reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil. He served as President Ronald Reagan’s national security advisor from 1983-1985.

John McLaughlin is a senior fellow in the Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University. Mr. McLaughlin is the former deputy director of central intelligence and former acting director of central intelligence at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Alberto Nisman is the special prosecutor in charge of the 1994 AMIA Jewish Community Center bombing investigation in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Nisman's findings have led to arrest warrants for senior Iranian officials including former intelligence chief Ali Fallahian, former diplomat Ahmad Reza and defense minister Ahmad Vahidi, who in 1994, was commander of the al-Quds Force, an elite unit of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps that conducts clandestine operations overseas.

George Perkovich is a former speechwriter and foreign policy advisor to Senator Joseph Biden. He is the Director of the Nonproliferation Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Danielle Pletka is vice president of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.  Ms. Pletka has served for ten years as a senior professional staff member for the Near East and South Asia on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Claudia Rosett is Director of FDD's Investigative Reporting Project. She is a journalist and editor, reporting from Asia, the former Soviet Union, Latin America and the Middle East.  She currently writes a weekly column on foreign policy for, and has contributed to the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, Commentary, The New Republic and The Weekly Standard.

Henry Sokolski served as Deputy for Nonproliferation Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and as a consultant on proliferation issues for the National Intelligence Council. Mr. Sokolski is Executive Director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC).

Jay Solomon is a correspondent at The Wall Street Journal.

Ian Talley is a Washington, D.C. based reporter covering energy and climate policy for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal.

Juan Zarate is a senior adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a national security consultant and analyst for CBS News.  Mr. Zarate sits on the Board of Advisors to the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center and advises a range of companies and organizations on national, homeland, and financial-related security, technologies, and investments.