Nuclear Question in the Middle East

Nuclear Question in the Middle East

by Mehran Kamrava
     
 

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The nuclear age is coming to the Middle East. Understanding the scope and motivations for this development and its implications for global security is essential. The last decade has witnessed an explosion of popular and scholarly attention focussed on nuclear issues around the globe and especially in the Middle East. These studies fall into one of four general

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The nuclear age is coming to the Middle East. Understanding the scope and motivations for this development and its implications for global security is essential. The last decade has witnessed an explosion of popular and scholarly attention focussed on nuclear issues around the globe and especially in the Middle East. These studies fall into one of four general categories. They tend to focus either on the security and military aspects of nuclear weapons, or on the sources and mechanisms for proliferation and means of reversing it, or nuclear energy, or the logics driving state policymakers toward adopting the nuclear option. The Nuclear Question in the Middle East is the first book of its kind to combine thematic and theoretical discussions regarding nuclear weapons and nuclear energy with case studies from across the region.

What are the key domestic drivers of nuclear behaviour and decision-making in the Middle East? How are the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council seeking to employ nuclear energy to further guarantee and expedite their hyper-growth of recent decades? Are there ideal models emerging in this regard that others might emulate in the foreseeable future, and, if so, what consequences is this development likely to have for other civilian nuclear aspirants? These region-wide themes form the backdrop against which specific case studies are examined.

Editorial Reviews

Jeremy Salt

While the world watches Iran and tries to guess how many nuclear weapons Israel has, nuclear programs are being developed across the Middle East. The timely message in this valuable study is that the Middle East is going nuclear whether the world likes it or not.

Frederic Wehrey

Combining theoretical perspectives with rich empirical insights, this superb volume offers a comprehensive exploration of nuclear dynamics in a rapidly changing Middle East. The research is well-organized, well-written, and highly nuanced -- an elusive combination. The authors are informed by a deep historical sensibility, yet are also forward looking in their analyses. In particular, the chapters on the domestic sources of nuclear decision making are of immense value to specialists and policymakers grappling with the still-unfolding implications of the Arab revolts and Iran's nuclear ambitions.

From the Publisher
"A top flight collection of essays on one of the most controversial and sensitive topics in both Middle East politics and studies of nuclear proliferation in general...provides a great overview of how the current situation has come about, and how regional actors are likely to press ahead in the medium and longterm future. A solid multidisciplinary investigation into a key global issue."—Christopher Davidson, Reader in Middle East Politics at Durham University

"Combining theoretical perspectives with rich empirical insights, this superb volume offers a comprehensive exploration of nuclear dynamics in a rapidly changing Middle East. The research is well-organized, well-written and highly nuanced—an elusive combination. The authors are informed by a deep historical sensibility, yet are also forward looking in their analyses. In particular, the chapters on the domestic sources of nuclear decision-making will be of immense value to specialists and policymakers grappling with the still-unfolding implications of the Arab revolts and Iran's nuclear ambitions."—Frederic Wehrey, Senior Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation and author of Coping with a Nuclearizing Iran (RAND, 2011).

"While the world watches Iran, and tries to guess how many nuclear weapons Israel has, nuclear programs are being developed across the Middle East. The timely message in this valuable study of the current situation is that the Middle East is going nuclear whether the world likes it or not."—Jeremy Salt, Department of Political Science at Bilkent University (Ankara), and author of The Unmaking of the Middle East. A History of Western Disorder in Arab Lands

"By combining theoretical with rich empirical insights, this volume offers a comprehensive exploration of nuclear dynamics in rapidly changing Middle East. The research is well-organized, well-written and highly nuanced." — The Muslim World Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849042116
Publisher:
Hurst & Co.
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Age Range:
18 Years

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Christopher Davidson

A top flight collection of essays on one of the most controversial and sensitive topics in Middle East politics and nuclear proliferation studies today. The anthology provides a great overview of how the current situation has come about and how regional actors are likely to press ahead in the medium- and long-term future. A solid multidisciplinary investigation into a key global issue.

Dr Christopher Davidson

A top flight collection of essays on one of the most controversial and sensitive topics in both Middle East politics and studies of nuclear proliferation in general. With Iran's ongoing nuclear programme, and the UAE's recent commencement of a massive civilian nuclear energy programme, the region seems set to become nuclearized, thus removing Israel's previous longstanding nuclear monopoly. The chapters in this book, combined, provide a great overview of how the current situation has come about, and how regional actors are likely to press ahead in the medium and long-term future. A solid multidisciplinary investigation into a key global issue.

Dr Christopher Davidson, Reader in Middle East Politics at Durham University and author of, inter alia, Abu Dhabi: Oil and Beyond (2009) and Power and Politics in the Persian Gulf Monarchies (Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2010).

Meet the Author

Mehran Kamrava is the Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University in Qatar. He is the author of a number of journal articles and books, including, most recently, The Modern Middle East: A Political History Since the First World War, and Iran's Intellectual Revolution. He has also edited The New Voices of Islam: Rethinking Politics and Modernity, and, with Manochehr Dorraj, Iran Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Islamic Republic.

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