Iran and the Bomb: The Abdication of International Responsibility

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The Iranian regime is in the middle of a dangerous nuclear poker game with the West. Drawing on her inside knowledge and experience, Thérèse Delpech provides a hard-hitting analysis of Iran's intentions and its ability to beguile the international community, often with the aid of China and Russia, two countries eager to benefit from Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons.

Delpech is one of the world's leading authorities on international nuclear security, and in this book, she ...

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Overview

The Iranian regime is in the middle of a dangerous nuclear poker game with the West. Drawing on her inside knowledge and experience, Thérèse Delpech provides a hard-hitting analysis of Iran's intentions and its ability to beguile the international community, often with the aid of China and Russia, two countries eager to benefit from Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons.

Delpech is one of the world's leading authorities on international nuclear security, and in this book, she dissects Iran's program in minute detail. Delpech begins with a history of Iran's nuclear project-which was launched with the help of several Western countries-from the 1970s to today. She examines the reasons behind Iran's renewed interest in nuclear power during its war with Iraq, and the national pride, exemplified by Mahmoud Amadinejad's bellicose rhetoric, that prevents the country from bowing to the dictates of the international community. Then she dissects the strategy of the various actors in this new global crisis: Iran, the commonly termed EU "3" (United Kingdom, France, and Germany), the United States, Russia, China, and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Delpech follows with an analysis of the feasibility, practicality, and political viability of such possible solutions as dismantling by force, supervised third party reprocessing, referral to the United Nations' Security Council, and Iranian appeasement. In conclusion, Delpech unravels the tangled regional and international dimensions of the crisis, detailing the enormous impact of Iran's game on the Persian Gulf, Turkey, the political and military movements of Israel, America's presence in Iraq and the wider Middle East, and the future of the much-weakened Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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"[Thérèse Delpech's] authority and autonomy have never faced an outcast's passage through a desert of scorn; instead they are bolstered by private conversations with government leaders, and in 2005 by one of France's major literary awards, the Prix Femina for nonfiction."--New York Times

"In this book Thérèse Delpech, a UN advisor on proliferation and an intrepid and tenacious researcher, uncloaks the network of collaboration that has enabled Tehran to reach the threshold of having nuclear weapons."--Le Monde

George Perkovic

Thérèse Delpech is highly informed about the Iranian nuclear program and the efforts to deal with it, as she has been involved with this challenge for more than a decade. She is a highly regarded strategist and historian of nuclear weapons, and therefore can place the Iranian challenge in several contexts. She offers readers an outstandingly capable and enjoyable guide through a troubling subject, neither avoiding controversy nor diluting her analysis and prose to suit the widest possible taste. Readers will not be bored.

Foreign Affairs - Lawrence D. Freedman

[A] wonderfully pugnacious book… sharp book… it is hard to see how this could be bettered.

MESA Bulletin - John Cappucci

Overall, Delpech has provided an illuminating work that attempts to shed much needed light on a subject that remains cloaked by speculation and deception.

New York Times

[Thérèse Delpech's] authority and autonomy have never faced an outcast's passage through a desert of scorn; instead they are bolstered by private conversations with government leaders, and in 2005 by one of France's major literary awards, the Prix Femina for nonfiction.

Le Monde

In this book Thérèse Delpech, a UN advisor on proliferation and an intrepid and tenacious researcher, uncloaks the network of collaboration that has enabled Tehran to reach the threshold of having nuclear weapons.

La Croix

Iran's nuclear program has become one of the most burning issues on the international scene. Thérèse Delpech's book comes out at the perfect time to unravel the tangles of the debate, all the more so since the author is intimately familiar with the negotiation process while continuing to speak her mind freely.

The Middle East

Therese Delpech, one of the world's leading authorities on international nuclear security, dissects Iran's nuclear programme in minute detail.

Foreign Affairs
[A] wonderfully pugnacious book… sharp book… it is hard to see how this could be bettered.

— Lawrence D. Freedman

Middle East Journal

Provides some insight into Iran's nuclear program and ambitions.

MESA Bulletin
Overall, Delpech has provided an illuminating work that attempts to shed much needed light on a subject that remains cloaked by speculation and deception.

— John Cappucci

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Meet the Author

Thérèse Delpech has been director of strategic studies at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) since 1997. She is also a researcher with CERI, commissioner with the United Nations Monitoring, Verification, and Inspection Commission, and international adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     vi
Foreword   George Perkovich     ix
Introduction     1
Iran: indisputable military nuclear ambitions     7
Europe: an increasingly controversial strategy     25
America: in a state of paralysis?     33
Russia: an unreliable partner     39
China: a close ally for Iran     47
Pakistan: clandestine supplier, uneasy neighbour     53
India: energy needs and rapprochement with Washington     59
Israel: an existential threat     65
North Korea: a role model?     71
Egypt: the opportunity to rethink its defence policy?     75
Saudi Arabia: open rivalry in the Gulf     79
South Africa: an ambiguous player     83
The IAEA: no referral to the Security Council     87
Conclusion     95
Notes     109
Chronology     123
Bibliography     141
Index     145
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2008

    A powerful overview of Iran¿s pursuit of the atomic bomb

    The international landscape offers a few terrifying future scenarios, including the vision of Iran with a nuclear bomb. If this threat came to pass, it would destabilize the entire Middle East, disrupt long-standing relationships, threaten other Arab nations and endanger global oil supplies. Therese Delpech takes you on a guided tour of the international diplomatic confrontations surrounding Iran¿s persistent, secretive attempts to build a nuclear weapon. This foreign policy nightmare has been building for decades. Yet Iran¿s new radical fundamentalist Shia government has adopted a policy of stalling, intimidation and obfuscation to hide its nuclear program. So far, it has worked. Iran has thwarted United Nations inspectors and international diplomats who have been unwilling or unable to force it to reveal its true program and intentions. While the book is dry and academic, if you are interested in foreign policy or lead an international business, getAbstract recommends this realistic professional overview.

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