AUTHORCigar, Norman
TITLESaudi Arabia and Nuclear Weapons: How Do Countries Think About the Bomb?
PUBLISHERRoutledge
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2016
ISBN978-1-138-64330-7


The author presents a comprehensive analysis of Saudi Arabia’s approach to nuclear weapons through 2015, placing particular emphasis on the relationship between Saudi policy and the nuclear weapons status of Iran. He provides a methodological assessment using the views of the country’s military and media to provide insights into official thinking and policy. He places the Saudi position on nuclear weapons in the context of current proliferation models to show its similarities and differences with other instances of proliferation. Chapters address the Saudi decision-making process, the development of nuclear threat assessments, the impact of nuclear weapons on relations with Iran, and the role of civilian nuclear energy in the country. The July 2015 Nuclear Agreement receives special attention. A final chapter contains conclusions and implications for the future. The book is part of the UCLA Center of Middle East Development (CMED) series.


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