Parsing the Iran Challenge

A German View of Iran, Iraq and the Middle East

Ruprecht Polenz, a senior CDU Member of the Bundestag, is one of the most powerful German voices on his country's foreign policy and national security policy issues. He has been focused on what is real, what is not, and what policy contours America and Europe should take towards Iran for some time. In addition, his Foreign Affairs Committee determines, with the government and the full Bundestag, whether or not German forces will be deployed, so he is keenly interested in NATO operations in Kosovo and Afghanistan and will speak to these topics in his remarks.


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  • Ruprecht Polenz
    Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee
    German Bundestag

  • Steven Clemons
    Director, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation