Chapter

Iraq

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/9780813031668.003.0003
Iraq

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This chapter examines the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq. It discusses Iraq's WMD capabilities, the preemptive strikes on its nuclear reactors and the strict United Nations scrutiny of the Iraqi program to acquire and develop nonconventional capabilities for most of the 1990s and early 2000s. It argues that Saddam Hussein's aggressive foreign policy cannot be understood without fully appreciating the domestic power structure and the challenges his regime confronted within Iraq and that his removal is no guarantee that the question of Iraq's WMD has been resolved.

Keywords: WMD; Iraq; preemptive strikes; nuclear reactors; nonconventional capabilities; Saddam Hussein; foreign policy

Chapter.  8566 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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