At the National Press Club, the latest strategic dossier of the International Institute for Strategic Studies is discussed by Mark Fitzpatrick, editor and principle author of the dossier.
This latest strategic paper provides an assessment and forecast of the national nuclear policies and capabilities of the entire Middle East.
Fitzpatrick comes to IISS from a distinguished 26-year career in the US Department of State, where for the last ten years he focused on non-proliferation issues. In his last posting, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Non-proliferation, responsible for policies to address the proliferation problems posed by Iran, North Korea, Libya, Iraq, South Asia and other regions of concern.
Among his duties, he also oversaw implementation of the Proliferation Security Initiative, advanced conventional arms and technology controls, proliferation sanctions, and export control cooperation programs.
It seems pretty clear, at this point, that the international community lacks either the will or the power or both to prevent Iran from acquiring full nuclear capability. The strategic consequences will not be small.