Joshua Rovner - John Goodwin Tower Distinguished Chair in International Politics and National Security and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science:
"The Obama administration has good reason to seek an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program. A good deal will make it more difficult for Iran to quickly enrich weapons grade uranium, and it will leave an inspections regime in place to monitor compliance. Up to now, the combination of intelligence and inspections has given the United States a great deal of insight into Iran’s activities. If no deal is reached it will be much harder to assess Iran’s capabilities and intentions.
"Whatever the outcome of the current negotiations, U.S. officials should start thinking about life with a nuclear-armed Iran. Iran has powerful reasons to maintain the scientific and technological capabilities to go nuclear at some point in the future. If it finally takes the plunge and builds even a modest arsenal, U.S. leaders will face the dual challenge of deterring Iran from a range of actions, as well as convincing others in the region that they need not acquire their own nuclear weapons in response."