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Iran

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/9780813031668.003.0002
Iran

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This chapter examines the history of Iran's nuclear program since the late 1950s and the forces that shape the country's nuclear program. It explores the country's potential motives for acquiring nuclear capability and what can be done to persuade the leadership in Tehran to abide by the norms and rules of the global nonproliferation regime. It also attempts to answer questions concerning Iran's national security concerns, the importance of nuclear capability in its national collective psyche, and the role of international nonproliferation regime in addressing the nuclear issue with Iran.

Keywords: nuclear program; Iran; Tehran; nonproliferation regime; national security; nuclear capability

Chapter.  9577 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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