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Oren Setter

Associate, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program

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Email: oren_setter@hks.harvard.edu

 

Experience

Oren Setter holds a B.Sc. in Physics and Ph.D. in Decisions and Operations Research and has over fifteen years of experience as a program manager and researcher in the field of defense technology. Dr. Setter has published several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has been an adjunct lecturer at Tel-Aviv University and a visiting lecturer at the National University of Singapore. His research interests include nonproliferation of WMD, missile defense, and defense R&D policy. During 2013–2014, he was an Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program research fellow at the Belfer Center.

 

 

By Date

2014

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July 1, 2014

"The Nuclear Maginot Line"

Op-Ed, Politico

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School and Oren Setter, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program

French Minister of War Andre Maginot became infamous among military strategists for his fixation on a single route of attack that led to a fatal neglect of alternatives. Seeking to block a German invasion along the primary East-West axis, Maginot constructed an impregnable line of fortifications in the 1930s. He succeeded in preventing the attack he most feared, but when German panzers outflanked that line and rolled through Belgium in 1940, their attack from the rear led to France’s surrender in just six weeks.

 

 

June 2014

"Blocking All Paths to an Iranian Bomb: How the West Can Avoid a Nuclear Maginot Line"

Paper

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School and Oren Setter, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program

"In concentrating so much of their mindshare on imposing constraints on Iran's known nuclear facilities at Natanz, Fordow, and Arak, are the US and its five negotiating partners at risk of creating a nuclear Maginot line?" In this discussion paper, Director of the Belfer Center Graham Allison and MTA/ISP Research Fellow Oren Setter explore what the US might be missing: alternative pathways for Iran to acquire nuclear weapons.

 

 

March 8, 2014

"Iran Deal: Keeping Israel On Board"

Op-Ed, The National Interest

By Shai Feldman, Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Oren Setter, Associate, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program

"The Obama administration is fully cognizant of Israel's concerns and greater stakes in the nuclear talks. It is also aware that influential circles in Washington may have even greater sensitivity and sympathy for Israel’s worries. Especially important is the U.S. Congress, whose approval of any agreement reached with Iran will be crucial. This is because almost all that Iran seeks to achieve in any agreement reached—namely, significant sanctions relief—cannot be implemented without the Congress's consent. For the Obama administration, therefore, the Israeli-alliance-management challenge has an important U.S. domestic dimension as well."

 

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