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Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Gawdat Bahgat

in Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780813031668
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039114 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813031668.003.0001
Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

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This chapter examines the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East. It reviews relevant literature and proposes a theoretical model which suggests several socioeconomic, political, and security incentives for both nuclear acquisition and nuclear rollback. It investigates in detail the nuclear issue in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Libya, and Saudi Arabia and explores the political and economic forces that shape the process of nuclear ambition or nuclear restraint. It also speculates on the possibility of establishing a nuclear weapon-free zone in the Middle East.

Keywords: nuclear weapons; nuclear proliferation; Middle East; Egypt; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Libya; Saudi Arabia

Chapter.  6950 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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