Author(s): Emanuele Ottolenghi
Six years ago in Washington, the National Council of the Resistance in Iran (NCRI) revealed to a stunned world how advanced Iran's nuclear programme was. In just a few years, Tehran could have a nuclear arsenal. But the international community is divided on this threat. Russia and China view Iran as a tool to counter US influence. The USA is wary of engaging Iran. Sunni Arab governments fear Iran, but are powerless to keep it in check. And Israel, fearing that the bomb will be used against them, might decide on a pre-emptive strike, with drastic consequences for the region. Preventing Iran from building a nuclear arsenal is a European priority. But Europe's strategic and economic interests collide: the EU is Iran's biggest commercial partner; its energy policy tilts towards Iran, yet its interests in the region clash with Iran's policies. "Under a Mushroom Cloud" offers a clear and compelling answer. Drawing on extensive research, including interviews with senior officials, security and intelligence personnel of many countries, it provides a comprehensive account of a serious strategic threat to Europe, and offers a list of practical recommendations.
"'An important contribution to the debate about Europe's approach to Iran... well-informed, perceptive and sobering. I hope our leaders will read what Dr Ottolenghi has to say' General The Lord Charles Guthrie, Chief of the British Defence Staff (1997-2001), Colonel Commandant of the Life Guards and the Special Air Service 'How to deal with Iran is one of the most pressing foreign policy issues of the day. Dr Ottolenghi provides a useful guide to the challenge and how to meet it' Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War Studies and Vice Principal, King's College London A work of impeccable scholarship, this book is also a political wake-up call to European democracies Amir Taheri, syndicated columnist, former Executive Editor of Kayhan, Iran's largest daily paper"
Emanuele Ottolenghi was born in Bologna, Italy. A Political Science graduate of the University of Bologna, he obtained his Ph.D. at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and taught Israel Studies at Oxford from 1999 to 2006. Since 2006, he has been the director of the Brussels-based Transatlantic Institute. A frequent commentator on Middle East affairs and transatlantic relations for many English-language and Italian publications, he is the author, most recently, of Autodafe: L'Europa, gli Ebrei e l'Antisemitismo (Lindau, 2007, in Italian).