Nuclear Iran: The Birth of an Atomic State


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Ordinarily, only three people or organizations receive the Golomb Security Prize each year, but a decision was made to grant it to a fourth this year in light of the impressive nature of the winning recipients. The Security Prize has been given yearly by the president since Though the prize is sometimes given for lifetime achievement, generally the recipients are responsible for the creation of a new piece of technology or a specific operation.

Israel has also been accused of sponsoring the assassinations of at least four Iranian nuclear scientists since The incidents have never been fully investigated, and Israel has neither confirmed nor denied responsibility for the targeted killings.

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Israel has also deterred nuclear proliferation in the Mideast using less lethal, more high tech strategies. The program infected the software that controlled centrifuge speed at the Natanz nuclear plant , alternately speeding up and slowing down the machines that produce enriched uranium to cripple production of the material.

The Obama administration secretly supported the cyberattacks. Though the United States, United Nations and other world powers officially condemned some of these unprovoked Israeli military aggression , other preemptive Israeli attacks have been met with silence from the international community.

If the nuclear deal ruptures further and Iran does restarting uranium enrichment, Israel might launch targeted airstrikes against it. History suggests other countries are unlikely to actively deter Israeli military aggression in the guise of nuclear nonproliferation.

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A nuclear Iran could escalate ongoing Middle East conflicts into nuclear exchanges, and, as some commentators say, spur other regional powers like Saudi Arabia and Egypt to develop nuclear weapons themselves. Of course, potential Israeli attacks on Iran present their own serious risks.

Iran, a militarily well-equipped country , would surely retaliate against any Israeli attacks. That, too, would trigger a conflict that would spiral throughout the Middle East.

For instance, he misses many important details such as the fact that Sadeq Tabatabai, a Deputy Prime Minister and relative of Khomeini, had approached the German Chancellor about restarting work at Bushehr as early as October Snippets and hints which occasionally featured in the contemporary Iranian press remain underutilized if utilized at all. For such a sensitive admission, one would expect a primary source of some description or at the very least the original source as cited in another work.

IAEA Says Iran Continues To Enrich Uranium In Breach Of Nuclear Deal

The Islamic Republic, by contrast was born of a third wordlist, revolutionary Islamist creed, which advocated principles of self-determination and independence against foreign subjugation. Setting out these narratives certainly proves useful for context and Patrikarikos was right to present them, but such an approach becomes problematic when most if not all state and policy elite behaviour is depicted as a function of these overarching narratives.

Moreover, while reading Nuclear Iran, one often finds these narratives being used to excuse lack of detail a propos institutional dynamics and political jockeying constitutive of the decision-making process and instead paint broad strokes and more general policy guidelines, which have been recounted countless times in the existing literature.

There is only a single reference in the entirety of the footnotes, when the source is our best primary account thus far by a senior Iranian official. Unfortunately, Patrikarakos barely scratches the surface of these sources, above all the Rowhani which is a veritable treasure trove as regards his tenure as head of the SNSC, and really should have made a great deal more use of it. He outlines much of the alleged evidence which forms the basis of Western allegations that Iran had in the past engaged in research and experiments indicative of potential efforts to weaponize the nuclear programme e.

There is surprisingly no mention of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in the book, the scientist affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards who allegedly headed the Iranian weapons programme at the Physics Research Center in Lavizan and now heads the Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research. The weapons programme currently lays dormant and has done so since approximately More research on this issue will probably elude us for many years to come, exactly because of its highly sensitive nature, but it should have at least been mentioned and perhaps probed further.

Nuclear Iran: The Birth of an Atomic State

The remainder of the book competently traverses the various diplomatic near misses and lost opportunities such as the Vienna proposal of October and May Tehran Declaration concluded by Iran, Brazil and Turkey. At the end of the book, Patrikarakos tells readers that ultimately Iran is in pursuit of a nuclear capability, which essentially amounts to the ability to build a nuclear weapon in a short space of time if the political leadership deems it necessary.

A Nuclear Iran - Promoting Stability or Courting Disaster?

Nuclear Iran is certainly a welcome contribution which should be read by all those interested in one of the most important international deadlocks of the 21st century, but the subject matter, particularly its contemporary nature, militates against the prospect of a fully-fledged history and academic treatment of the subject. It is however a very readable work on perhaps the burning foreign policy issue of the day. Despite the overwhelming amount of sensationalist drivel written on the subject, Patrikarakos has managed to write a largely balanced and fair account of the programme to date.

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