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Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013, 11:30 AM until 1:30 PM
Union League Club
65 West Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL  

(312) 427-7800
Julie Voelker
Held at Union League Club
Registration is Required By Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Payment In Advance Only
Business or business casual attire required. Jeans are not allowed.
Registrants & Fees
Member$ 35.00
Non-Member$ 40.00

Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy


Reception, noon luncheon followed by author discussion, Q&A and book signing.



$35 Member
$40 Non-member
Book is not included but will be available for sale at the event.


How close are we to a nuclear Iran? What does it mean for American foreign policy? How did we get to this point? and what do we do now?

In Unthinkable, Kenneth Pollack, a former CIA analyst with twenty-five years of experience working on the Middle East, explores America's intractable problem with Iran, Tehran's pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability, and the prolonged clash that led us to this point.  Pollack lays out key solutions to the Iran nuclear questions, explaining and assessing the options for American policymakers:

  • Redoubling our efforts at a carrot-and-stick approach that combines negotiations and sanctions
  • Aiding the Iranian opposition to bring about a popular form of regime change
  • An Israeli military strike
  • The American military option
  • Containing a nuclear Iran
Insightful, powerful, and balanced in its approach, Unthinkable is one of the most thoughtful and important books on foreign policy in the past decade.

Author's Profile

Kenneth M. Pollack is a well-known expert on the Middle East and Persian Gulf and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Charlie Rose, C-SPAN, and NPR.  He is a senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.  Dr. Pollack earned his BA from Yale and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is the author of seven other books on the political, military, and economic affairs of the Middle East, including The Threatening Storm and The Persian Puzzle.


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