Iran, Nuclear Program

This month will be on what the US should do (if anything) in regards to Iran's nuclear program and the Syrian conflict. We started off going to talk about Syria, too, but lots of feedback has said that those are unrelated, and a bit too broad.


Suggested Subtopics:

  • Israel
  • Oil prices
  • Likelihood that Iran is actually pursuing weapons development
  • Effect on middle east if Iran obtains weapons
  • US Intervention, cost & chance of success
  • more to come... add to the comments!


note: Looking for a speaker to add an educational component to the event. If you know anyone who would like to give a small talk (10-15min?) about this subject, let me know. Or if you know about a related talk occurring somewhere else, that'd be great, too.  


Please post interesting links to books, sites, videos, articles in the comments.  A subtopic outline will be added later.


Our group is focused on learning more than honing debating skills. The goal is to hear viewpoints you never would have been exposed to in your normal circles, and to hopefully get a little deeper than the sound bytes we hear on the news.  Do feel free to play devil's advocate and argue the other side.


We're going to try starting off in a big group, and then breaking apart into sub-topic based tables.


Note: a lot of us eat dinner during the meetup, feel free to do so as well. This also makes the venue happier. There was a suggestion last time to order food at 7 so we can start talking at 7:30 without ordering getting in the way.


There's an optional $2 fee for this meetup. This helps cover the $180 annual meetup cost.


It's OK to come late, we're an informal group and understand work and traffic can get in the way.


We do a book exchange (thanks to Erin!), too, so bring anything you'd like to part with.


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  • Scott D.

    It was GREAT to hear from not only a nuclear physicist but also someone from the DoD with all sorts of insight in the region.

    May 17, 2012

  • Leroy S.

    Excellent group! Filled with thought provoking exciting dialogue. Looking forward to the next Meetup!

    April 17, 2012

  • Rex

    good conversation, interesting points of view.

    April 17, 2012

  • Jay W.

    Good discussion. There is no reason why the USA and Iran just can not be friends except that for the last 30 years they have not been friends.

    April 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This just came today. I'm not attempting to get people to give money, just sharing for the content on the subject:

    March 8, 2012

  • Scott D.

    Good comments. I'd love to get other people's input on what the subtopics should be (and articles!). We may end up needing cull the list / narrow the topic in the end, but that's fine. I can see a meetup just on Iran, Syria, Israel, or Islam individually... maybe we're being too ambitious :)

    March 7, 2012

  • Rachel

    I thought the discussion was going to revolve around how the U.S. should (or should not) address Syria and Iran, what the implications of taking action or no action are, how does our action/inaction affect Israel or how does Israel taking action affect the region and the world, etc. I think discussing our relationship with Islam is interesting, but I could see that being more of a sub-topic or something...just my two cents, but I'm open to what others think!

    March 7, 2012

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