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Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East$
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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 in the Middle East

Gawdat Bahgat

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq. It discusses Iraq's WMD capabilities, the preemptive strikes on its nuclear reactors and the strict United Nations scrutiny of the Iraqi program to acquire and develop nonconventional capabilities for most of the 1990s and early 2000s. It argues that Saddam Hussein's aggressive foreign policy cannot be understood without fully appreciating the domestic power structure and the challenges his regime confronted within Iraq and that his removal is no guarantee that the question of Iraq's WMD has been resolved.

Keywords:   WMD, Iraq, preemptive strikes, nuclear reactors, nonconventional capabilities, Saddam Hussein, foreign policy

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