AUTHORChubin, Shahram
TITLEIran's Nuclear Ambitions
PUBLISHERCarnegie Endowment for International Peace
CITYWashington, D.C.
DATE PUBLISHED2006
ISBN0-87003-230-5


This book argues that Iran’s drive for full nuclear capabilities presents a serious threat to the international community. According to the author, Iranian-born foreign affairs expert Shahram Chubin, Iran principally wishes to become a regional power in the Middle East, using the threat of nuclear capabilities to weaken the U.S. and other Western powers within the region. Nevertheless, the fact that Iran has not yet (as of the publication date) made any irreversible decisions to acquire nuclear weapons signals that it still wishes to remain within the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). In spite of its persistent non-compliance with the NPT and the directives of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran still requires the technical cooperation of other nations participating in the treaty, and it would like to maintain the appearance of a respectable, not a rogue state. Chubin concludes that encouragement of regime change is the most feasible and attractive course of action for other nations to pursue against Iran because it would then facilitate the diplomatic bargaining that is ultimately necessary to keep Iran’s nuclear development under control. The book includes an Iranian nuclear timeline, illustrative charts, and footnotes with commentary.


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