Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East (Paperback)

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"Bahgat has performed a singular service by offering balanced historical and current analyses of the perception and misperception, cues and miscues, that mark understanding the area's nuclear ambitions."--Dorothea El Mallakh, Director, International Research Center for Energy & Economic Development (ICEED) "A well-written survey of the nuclear question in the Middle East from both historical and contemporary policy perspectives. It will be highly useful to students and practitioners dealing with security issues in the region."--T. V. Paul, author of Power versus Prudence: Why Nations Forgo Nuclear Weapons "A comprehensive and integrated discussion of the nuclear weapons proliferation risks in the Middle East, in an up-to-the minute analysis drawing on decades of history."--George H. Quester, author of Nuclear Monopoly 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 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"--of establishing a nuclear weapons free zone in the region in the foreseeable future.

About the Author


Gawdat Bahgat, professor of political science and director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is the author of American Oil Diplomacy in the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea and Israel and the Persian Gulf: Retrospect and Prospect


Product Details
ISBN: 9780813033167
ISBN-10: 0813033160
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication Date: November 1st, 2008
Pages: 212
Language: English