Iran Regional Forum No. 1, June 2012
Murat Laumulin (Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies), Vafo Niyat-bekov (Tajikistan Center for Strategic Studies), Guli Yuldasheva (formerly at the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies)
Over the recent months the situation around the Iranian nuclear program has been exacerbated. It is clear that Tehran raises the bar for the confron-tation with the West, the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). For their part, the United States and Israel are openly discussing the possibility of a preemptive strike on the nuclear facilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Currently, the likelihood of an armed con-flict between Iran and America is greater than ever since the events of 1980-1.