Beyond sand and oil [electronic resource] : the nuclear Middle East / Jack Caravelli
- Caravelli, Jack, 1952-
- Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger Security International, 
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- Physical Description:
- xv, 229 pages ; 24 cm
- Machine generated contents note: I.Programs -- 1.Israel: Ein brera -- 2.Libya: Delusions of Grandeur -- 3.Iraq: War without (Nuclear) Weapons -- 4.Iran: A Relentless Pursuit -- II.Policy Challenges -- 5.Meeting the Iranian Challenge -- 6.The Changing Face of the Nuclear Middle East -- 7.Beyond the Middle East: The Changing Face of Nuclear Security Challenges in the 21st Century -- 8.Shaping the Nuclear Future: Nuclear Renaissance, Nuclear Disarmament or Both?.
- As the world's most politically unstable region, the Middle East has witnessed over the past 60 years an almost seemingly endless series of wars and crises. Overlaying this political tumult has been the development of nuclear weapons programs in a number of nations, including Israel, Libya, Iraq, and Iran. The combination of intractable political differences combined with the proliferation of nuclear technology and expertise has only added to the region's dangers. The nuclear ambitions of Libya and Iraq have been dealt with but other nuclear weapons challenges have persisted. In the near-term, Iran could cross the nuclear threshold, exacerbating regional tensions with implications extending far beyond the region. --
Iran may pose the most obvious threat to the region but it may well not be the last. Recent announcements by various Arab nations call for the development of commercial nuclear power as a way to diversify their energy sources and meet future domestic energy requirements. The same technology that can light thousands of homes also could lead to the development of a new generation of nuclear weapons programs if even a small number of Arab states come to view Iran as a threat requiring a nuclear hedge. These developments stand in stark contrast to President Obama's desire to shape a world free of nuclear weapons. --
Beyond Sand and Oil provides a nation-by-nation overview of the evolution of nuclear weapons programs in what is likely the world's most politically unstable region. A detailed assessment of Iran's prospects for becoming a nuclear weapons state--and how Israel, the Arab world, and the international community will respond to that outcome--is also included. --Book Jacket.
- 9780313387050 (acid-free paper)
- AVAILABLE ONLINE TO AUTHORIZED PSU USERS.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages -223) and index.
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