Chapter

Egypt

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/9780813031668.003.0006
Egypt

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This chapter examines Egypt's chemical, biological, and nuclear programs and the efforts to build a missile capability. It investigates the forces that have shaped Egypt's strategic planning including economic and financial restrains, war and peace with Israel, relations with the U.S., and leadership perception. It suggests that despite strong incentives and potential capabilities to pursue a nuclear program, Egyptian leaders have perceived a low utility of nuclear weapons in the overall national security strategy and that Egypt is highly unlikely to seek nuclear weapons in the foreseeable future.

Keywords: nuclear program; Egypt; missile capability; strategic planning; international relations; Israel; U.S.; nuclear weapons

Chapter.  6012 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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