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Author Bahgat, Gawdat.

Title Proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East / Gawdat Bahgat
Published Gainesville : University Press of Florida, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 212 pages)
Contents Proliferation of nuclear weapons : theoretical perspectives -- Iran -- Iraq -- Saudi Arabia -- Israel -- Egypt -- Libya -- Conclusion : the future of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East -- Appendix: the Treaty on the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Summary "Why do some countries seek to acquire nuclear weapons? How can they be convinced to give up these aspirations? These are the underlying questions in Gawdat Bahgat's intriguing new study of nuclear proliferation in six key Middle East countries: Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Libya, and Saudi Arabia." "Bahgat looks at the economic and political forces that shape this threat to world peace and at the prospects - "Largely unrealistic," he says - of establishing a nuclear weapons-free zone in the region in the foreseeable future. While national security concerns are the main drive behind nuclear choices, other historical and military factors - including national pride, regime stability, and perceptions and attitudes of leadership - also contribute to weapons proliferation." "Though the situation in each country he examines is unique, there are similarities. Bahgat demonstrates that national security concerns must be addressed to reduce the incentives for proliferation - not only of nuclear weapons, but also of missiles and chemical and biological weapons."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-204) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Nuclear arms control -- Middle East -- Case studies.
Nuclear nonproliferation -- Middle East -- Case studies.
Weapons of mass destruction -- Middle East -- Case studies.
Middle East -- Military policy -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0813037794 (electronic bk.)
9780813037790 (electronic bk.)