The Iran National Intelligence Estimate: A Comprehensive Guide to What Is Wrong with the NIE
Publication Date: January 2008
Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): James Phillips
Keywords: Middle East; nuclear weapons; nuclear proliferation; Iran NIE
The National Intelligence Estimate's narrow definition of Iran's nuclear weapons program is so restrictive that even officials from the normally cautious International Atomic Energy Agency have expressed disagreement with its conclusions. Its release eases international pressure on Iran despite the fact that the NIE itself maintains that such pressure is critical to stopping the Iranian nuclear weapons program.