Panel Discussion

November 13, 2008
3:15 - 4:45pm
Heller Building, Room 163

The Utility of Targeted Financial Measures to Deal with Iran

Dr. Matthew Levitt, Senior Fellow and Director of the Stein Program on Terrorism, Intelligence and Policy at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Naghmeh Sohrabi, Assistant Director for Research
Nader Habibi, Henry J. Leir Professor of the Economics of the Middle East

Can the United States and the international community raise the cost for Iran's continued defiance over
its uranium enrichment program? What levers are likely to induce the Iranian government to abandon
its sponsorship of  terrorism, production and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (and the missile systems to deploy these weapons)?

To answer these questions, the experience gained thus far in applying sanctions against Iran, and the effects of these sanctions on the Iranian economy and its society will be assessed.