Cyber Security and Emerging Threats Dahlia James

Iran’s Moment of Truth

On October 15, Iran’s foreign minister, Abbas Araqchi, proposed the country’s development plan for uranium enrichment to the US, France, Russia, China, Britain and Germany. According to the outline, the country’s nuclear might would be restrained in return for a right to enhance its uranium supply, and an easing of the sanctions that have hindered the Iranian economy.

The proposal comes at a critical juncture as Western powers continue to worry that Iran’s nuclear industry is a covert weapons program. American officials stated that Iran’s nuclear efforts had progressed so much that the country now has to take preliminary steps to reverse its progress in order to reach an agreement. The same sentiment prevails in Israel, which is considered to be the main target if Iran were to acquire nuclear weaponry. During the opening session of the Israeli cabinet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remained adamant that the West must act swiftly in its response, as it is only a matter of time before weapon capability will be developed. 

While the Western countries, no doubt, welcome the Iranian overture, the American and Israeli statements would suggest that they will be cautious in negotiating an actual agreement. This issue is too important for hasty action.

Dahlia James
Dahlia James is a Research Analyst at the NATO Association of Canada, where she writes articles on current events, as well as women in security, Canada’s involvement in NATO, and NATO’s multilateral connections. She has completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Toronto, where she studied Political Science, History, and American Studies. For the entirety of the 2011-2012 academic year, she studied abroad at the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where her studies were focused on Israeli foreign policy and Middle Eastern studies. Her recent experience includes acting as the Co-Editor in Chief of the Undergraduate Journal of American Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and interning in the research and editorial department at the Jerusalem Centre of Public Affairs. Her interests lie in American foreign policy, Canadian-American bilateral affairs, and both Israeli and Middle Eastern politics.