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On October 26-27, 2006, the Syracuse Law Review and the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism co-sponsored a symposium entitled, "A Nuclear Iran: The Legal Implications of a Preemptive National Security Strategy." Participants included a number of legal scholars that specialize in preemption, use of the military (including the legality of covert operations), the role of international organizations, and use of diplomatic options (such as sanctions), as well as experts in Iranian, Israeli, and Middle Eastern politics and history. They discussed such issues as why Iran wants to be a nuclear power, the regional and international security ramifications of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, the domestic and international legal and political framework governing nuclear proliferation, and the legality and impact of various U.S. and international actions to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power.

The symposium opened with keynote remarks drafted by James Timbie, Senior Advisor to Dr. Robert Joseph, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security and the principal State officer for non- and counter-proliferation matters. It concluded with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Seymour Hersh, who gave a keynote address and moderated a panel discussion on the legality and effectiveness of various U.S. responses to a nuclear Iran. Articles written by the panelists were published by the Syracuse Law Review in its spring book, which was dedicated solely to the symposium.






2012 COMMENTARIES BY THE SYMPOSIUM AUTHORS ON HOW IRAN AND ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE WORLD HAS CHANGED IN SIX YEARS

A Nuclear Iran, Redux
    - William C. Banks (bio)

The Threat of Preemption Against Iran Finally Worked: The United Sates Has Bowed to It
    - Sam Gardiner, USAF (Retired) (bio)

A Nuclear Iran- Revisited
    - Mitchel B. Wallerstein, Ph.D. (bio)

A Post-Script to My Essay
    - Gregory E. Maggs (bio)

Affirming the Ban on Bombing Iran
    - Mary Ellen O’Connell (bio)

Negotiation Is Still the Best Option: Revisiting the Iranian Nuclear Issue
    - Mehrzad Boroujerdi and Todd Fine

 

2006 SYMPOSIUM

A NUCLEAR IRAN: THE LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF PREEMPTIVE NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY


Introduction: A Second Nuclear Age?
    - William C. Banks

Iran's Nuclear Program
    - James Timbie, Ph.D.

ET Maintenant EN Avant: Preemption and the Planning for Iran
    - Sam Gardiner, USAF (Retired)

Responding to a Nuclear Iran: A Defense Policy Perspective
    - Mitchel B. Wallerstein, Ph.D.

How the United States might Justify a Preemptive Strike on a Rogue Nation's Nuclear Weapon Development Facilities Under the U.N. Charter
    - Gregory E. Maggs

The Ban on the Bomb: Iran, Nuclear Weapons, and International Law
    - Mary Ellen O’Connell and Maria Alevras-Chen

Emboldened by Impunity: The History and Consequences of failure to Enforce Iranian Violations of International Law
    - Orde F. Kittrie

Proliferation Gamesmanship: Iran and the Politics of Nuclear Confrontation
    - Steven E. Miller

Israel's Concept of Preemptive War
    - David Tal (bio)

Iranian Nuclear Miasma
    - Mehrzad Boroujerdi and Todd Fine