SOURCE: Intelligence Squared

Intelligence Squared

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November 02, 2015 09:25 ET

DEBATE: The Nuclear Deal With Iran Won't Make the World a Safer Place

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - November 02, 2015) - Intelligence Squared hosts this major debate November 2nd at the Emmanuel Centre in London. Alan Dershowitz, one of America's most formidable and celebrated lawyers, and Emily Landau, one of Israel's top nuclear proliferation experts, go head to head with senior politicians Norman Lamont and Jack Straw, both impassioned advocates of rapprochement with Iran.

The nuclear deal reached between Iran and six world powers in July was hailed by President Obama as 'a historic understanding.' In exchange for Tehran halting its nuclear weapons programme, the West will lift the sanctions that have been crippling Iran's economy for the last decade. Supporters of the deal argue that the freeing up of over £100 billion of frozen assets will increase Iran's stability, and the improved communication and trade between Iran and other countries should help reintegrate Iran into the modern world.

Yet to Israel's prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the deal is not so much a historic understanding as a terrifying historic mistake. What is to stop Iran from restarting its nuclear programme after 2025? In the meantime, relaxing sanctions will allow Tehran to channel ever more funds to the likes of Assad, Hamas and Hezbollah. Furthermore, by cosying up to the Shiite Iranians, the West risks alienating its Sunni allies in the Middle East and leaving Israel feeling even more dangerously exposed.

This debate will be filmed for later broadcast on BBC World News.


Professor Alan Dershowitz: American lawyer and author. He is a leading commentator on the Arab–Israeli conflict and his books include the bestseller The Case for Israel and most recently The Case against the Iran Deal: How can we now stop Iran from getting nukes? Much of his legal career has focused on criminal law, with high-profile clients such as Patty Hearst, Leona Helmsley, Mike Tyson, Michael Milken, and O.J. Simpson. He has also been an adviser to Julian Assange's legal team.

Dr Emily Landau: Head of the Arms Control and Regional Security programme at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Tel Aviv University. She has written and lectured extensively on the proliferation challenges posed by Iran, and been a vocal critic of what she calls the 'severely flawed bargaining techniques' of the nuclear deal.


Lord Lamont of Lerwick: Norman Lamont is a Conservative politician who was Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1990 to 1993. He is Chairman of the British-Iranian Chamber of Commerce and a member of the advisory board of the Iran Heritage Foundation.

Jack Straw: Foreign Secretary under Tony Blair from 2001 to 2006. He led a parliamentary delegation to Tehran in 2014. Straw has argued that Iran should never have been included in President Bush's 'axis of evil,' and has called for a normalisation of relations between the UK and Iran.

Contact Information

  • For an interview with Alan Dershowitz, contact:
    Dean Draznin
    (641) 472-2257