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Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

Be it resolved the world cannot tolerate an Iran with nuclear weapons capability...


November 26, 2012

It has been rightly characterized as the toughest foreign policy challenge in a generation: how should the world respond to Iran’s nuclear ambitions? For some, the case for a preemptive strike on Iran is ironclad. An Iranian bomb would flood the volatile Middle East with nuclear weapons and trap Israel in a state of perilous insecurity—along with much of the world’s oil supply. Others argue that a nuclear Iran could be the very stabilizing force that the region needs, as the threat of nuclear war makes conventional conflicts more risky. These same voices also ask: can the West and Israel afford to attack Iran when doing so could rollback the Arab Spring and re-entrench reactionary forces throughout the Middle East?

The tenth Munk Debate will tackle these game-changing issues by moving the motion: Be it resolved the world cannot tolerate an Iran with nuclear weapons capability.

Debate Results

Pre-Debate Results

60% Pro 24% Con 16% Undecided

Post-Debate Results

58% Pro 42% Con

CON gains 18%. CON wins



Amos Yadlin

“There is no hotline between Tel Aviv and Tehran, and no other stabilizing mechanisms between us and the Iranians, so the danger of an unplanned nuclear confrontation is significant. ”

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Charles Krauthammer

“Deterring Iran is fundamentally different from deterring the Soviet Union. You could rely on the latter but not on the former.”

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Fareed Zakaria

“Iran has not surrendered, and Israel seems to view any other scenario as unacceptable. ”

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Vali Nasr

“As for attempting to rein in Iran, that could prove both counterproductive and unnecessary.”

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