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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 Libya's weapons of mass destruction (WDM) program. It rejects the proposition that Libya agreed to rid itself of WMD programs in December 2003 because Muammar Gadafi was scared of facing the same fate as Saddam Hussein. It argues that Libya's gradual acceptance of international norms started several years before the 2003 war in Iraq. It explains that Libya's nuclear program was in its infancy in 2003 and renouncing it brought an end to economic sanctions and a normalization of relations with western countries.

Keywords:   WMD, Libya, Muammar Gadafi, nuclear program, economic sanctions, international relations, western countries

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