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Gawdat Bahgat

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813031668

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813031668.001.0001

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Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Theoretical Perspectives

(p.1) 1 Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East

Gawdat Bahgat

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East. It reviews relevant literature and proposes a theoretical model which suggests several socioeconomic, political, and security incentives for both nuclear acquisition and nuclear rollback. It investigates in detail the nuclear issue in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Libya, and Saudi Arabia and explores the political and economic forces that shape the process of nuclear ambition or nuclear restraint. It also speculates on the possibility of establishing a nuclear weapon-free zone in the Middle East.

Keywords:   nuclear weapons, nuclear proliferation, Middle East, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Saudi Arabia

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