Nuclear Iran: The Birth of an Atomic State

Nuclear Iran: The Birth of an Atomic State

by David Patrikarakos
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1780761252

ISBN-13: 2901780761250

Pub. Date: 11/13/2012

Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited

The Iranian nuclear crisis has dominated world politics since the beginning of the century, with Iran now facing increasing diplomatic isolation, talk of military strikes against its nuclear facilities and a disastrous Middle East war. There is little real understanding of Iran's nuclear program, in particular its history, which is now over fifty years old. This

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The Iranian nuclear crisis has dominated world politics since the beginning of the century, with Iran now facing increasing diplomatic isolation, talk of military strikes against its nuclear facilities and a disastrous Middle East war. There is little real understanding of Iran's nuclear program, in particular its history, which is now over fifty years old. This groundbreaking book, unprecedented in its scope, argues that the history of Iran's nuclear program and the modern history of the country itself are irretrievably linked; only by understanding one can we understand the other. From the program's beginnings under the Shah of Iran, the book details the US's central role in the birth of nuclear Iran and, through the relationship between the program's founder and the Shah of Iran himself, the role that weapons have played in the program since the beginning. David Patrikarakos's unique access to "the father" of Iran's nuclear program, as well as to key scientific personnel under the early Islamic Republic and to senior Iranian and Western officials at the center of today's negotiations, sheds new light on the uranium enrichment program that lies at the heart of global concerns.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901780761250
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
11/13/2012
Pages:
320

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

A Note on Transliteration xi

List of Acronyms xii

Preface xiv

Prologue xxiv

Part I A Surge into Modernity: The Nuclear Programme 1957-2001

Chapter 1 In the Beginning Was the Atom Bomb: Nuclear Power and the Post-War World 3

Chapter 2 Two Centuries of Loss: Iran at the Advent of Nuclear Power 6

Chapter 3 The Peacock Wants to Strut: Nuclear Power under the Shah 14

Chapter 4 Arms and the Shah: Nuclear Weapons under the Shah 48

Chapter 5 Slow Decline, Quick Fall: The End of the Shah's Programme 83

Chapter 6 Children of the Revolution: A Year of Chaos-1979 90

Chapter 7 Restart All Alone - 1980-9 102

Chapter 8 Iran's Islamic Bomb? Nuclear Weapons under the Islamic Republic 117

Chapter 9 Restart for Real: The Programme Goes Live-1989-2002 131

Chapter 10 Prologue to the Nuclear Clash - 1989-97 147

Chapter 11 Aghazadeh's Mission: Acceleration - 1997-2002 163

Part II The Greater Game: The Iranian Nuclear Crisis-2002-12

Chapter 12 Crisis-2002-3 175

Chapter 13 From Tehran to Paris and Beyond - 2003-5 202

Chapter 14 Enter Ahmadinejad: Reversing into the Future-2002-5 216

Chapter 15 Enter Obama: Nuclear Detente? -2008-10 243

Chapter 16 The End of Diplomacy? The Non-Diplomatic Alternative-2010-12 264

Chapter 17 Conclusion 280

Appendix A Stages of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle 292

Appendix B Iran's Nuclear Power Fuel Cycle 294

Appendix C The Nuclear Weapons Cycle 295

Notes 296

Bibliography 321

Index 330

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