Back to the Future? Iran's Nuclear Program

Professor Jo-Anne Hart
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Professor Jo-Anne Hart sat down for this interview during the last year of the George W. Bush administration. I think it remains relevant, though the Obama administration has managed to muster more of a coalition of diplomatic partners to deal with Iran's nuclear program. For example, both China and Russia recently refused Iran's offer to tour its nuclear facilities, saying that function belonged to the IAEA. Interesting to note that the Syrian, Venezuelan, Cuban, and Egyptian ambassadors accepted the offer of a tour. An NBC news correspondent also accepted an invitation to bring cameras into a nuclear research facility in Tehran. I was wondering about many of the signs on equipment being in English until the correspondent pointed out that the facility had been built with U.S. help prior to the 1979 revolution.

Jo-Anne Hart has worked with Choices on numerous curriculum resources, including The Challenge of Nuclear Weapons. Developed with support of The Ploughshares Fund, the resources helps students address some fundamental questions: How dangerous are nuclear weapons? Who has them and how many are there? Do they make the world safer or less safe? How do we know? What needs to be done about them? How can we distinguish between "good" atoms for peaceful purposes and "bad" atoms for military use? What are the ethical and moral dilemmas raised by nuclear weapons?