1993: Dr. Gary Sick addresses Iranian nuclear issue at major AIC conference

Dr. Gary Sick, who served in the US National Security Council under Presidents Carter and Ford, addressed US-Iran relations and the nascent nuclear issue at 1993 at a major AIC conference. 

"I take the apparent Iranian buildup and attempt to build a nuclear capability very seriously," Sick said. "From all the evidence that I've seen, it looks as if Iran is making a major play in that direction. However, I believe it is in quite the early stages, and that means that there is room for maneuver on both sides, if there is any goodwill and there is something to talk about."

"I think that since it is in the early stages, that some kind of a discussion of a classic non-proliferation nature which involves potentially a mix of sanctions, incentives, export controls, intrusive IAEA inspections of Iranian facilities, negotiations, and security assurances from both sides would be a basis for discussion. I can't specify  what that would turn out, but I don't think it's too late to begin that process and it certainly is an issue."


Kayvon Afshari

Kayvon Afshari managed the campaign to elect Hooshang Amirahmadi as President of Iran. In this role, he directed the campaign’s event planning, publicity, online social media, web analytics, and delivered speeches. Mr. Afshari has also been working at the CBS News foreign desk for over five years. He has coordinated coverage of Iran’s 2009 post-election demonstrations, the Arab Spring, the earthquake in Haiti, and many other stories of international significance. He holds a Master in International Relations from New York University’s Department of Politics, and graduated with distinction from McGill University in 2007 with a double major in political science and Middle Eastern studies. At NYU, his research focused on quantitative analysis and the Middle East with an emphasis on US-Iran relations. In his 2012 Master’s thesis, he devised a formula to predict whether Israel would launch a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, concluding that an overt strike would not materialize.