Iran and Nuclear Weapons: Protracted Conflict and Proliferation / Edition 1

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Overview

This book investigates what is driving Iran's nuclear weapons programme in a less-hostile regional environment, using a theory of protracted conflicts to explicate proliferation. It underscores the importance of protracted conflicts in proliferation decisions, and underpinning this is the assumption that non-proliferation may be achieved through the termination of intractable conflicts. The aims of this work are to demonstrate that a state's decision to acquire nuclear weapons depends largely on its engagement in protracted conflicts, which shows not only that the presence of nuclear rivals intensifies the nuclear ambition, but also that non-nuclear status of rival states can promote non-proliferation incentives in conflicting states inclined to proliferate.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415453073
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/10/2009
  • Series: Routledge Global Security Studies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Saira Khan is a Research Associate at McGill-University of Montreal Joint Research Group in International Security (REGIS).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Pt. I Causes of proliferation 9

1 Factors utilized to comprehend Iran's nuclear weapons aspiration 11

Pt. II Theory 25

2 Proliferation proclivities of protracted conflict states 27

Pt. III Case study: Iran 45

3 Iran s nuclear ambition and twin protracted conflicts between 1947 and 1979 47

4 Iran's nuclear program and triple protracted conflicts from 1979 onwards 63

5 The ramifications of the asymmetric Iran-US protracted conflict from 1990 to 2000 in Iran's nuclear domain 77

6 Iran's fast-paced proliferation activity and hostile US policy since 2000 89

Notes 120

Bibliography 138

Index 152

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