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Saudi Arabia

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/9780813031668.003.0004
Saudi Arabia

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This chapter examines different allegations that Saudi Arabia has sought to acquire nuclear weapons. It describes the national security environment in Saudi Arabia and discusses perceived threats from Israel, Iran, Iraq, and Yemen. It analyzes Saudis' unofficial alliance with the U.S. and evaluates the potential impact of domestic and political reforms on the kingdom's strategic posture. The findings suggest that Saudi Arabia should not be considered a serious nuclear proliferation threat and that Saudi leaders are highly unlikely to consider a nuclear option in the foreseeable future.

Keywords: nuclear weapons; Saudi Arabia; national security; perceived threats; Israel; Iran; Iraq; Yemen; nuclear proliferation

Chapter.  9225 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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