AUTHORCordesman, Anthony H. / Seitz, Adam C.
TITLEIranian Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Birth of a Regional Nuclear Arms Race?
PUBLISHERPraeger Security International
CITYWashington D.C.
DATE PUBLISHED2009
ISBN978-0-313-38088-4


This book presents a comprehensive assessment of Iran's nuclear program, its influence on the Middle East and the U.S., and the international diplomatic maneuvers that may be necessary to prevent nuclear confrontation. The author intends to show the complexity of the international problem caused by Iran’s development of nuclear weapons and in so doing emphasize the need for a multi-faceted, long-term approach to dealing with that problem. The book explores Iran’s nuclear policy and details several factors that have driven Iran’s leadership to develop nuclear weapons. It also describes Iran’s missile arsenal and delivery systems as well as its chemical and biological weapons cache. The author argues that while Iran’s nuclear future is uncertain, what is highly probable is that the nation will continue to pursue nuclear weapons development. The final chapter examines the implications of a nuclear-armed Iran, considering the impact of international sanctions on the country as well as deterrence and nuclear war strategy. The text is supported by extensive tables and notes. It was published in cooperation with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.


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