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Beyond Sand and Oil: The Nuclear Middle East (Praeger Security…
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Shortly after World War II, the Middle East became a locus for nations seeking to acquire nuclear missiles and the means to deliver them to their enemies. Israel was the first; Libya and Iraq followed suit. Pakistan now possesses a substantial number of nuclear weapons, to which longtime rival India will no doubt respond. The implications of the political and security dynamics of the Middle East for the United States and other nations are truly profound and sobering.
Beyond Sand and Oil provides a nation-by-nation overview of the evolution of nuclear weapons programs in what is likely the world's most politically unstable region. A detailed assessment of Iran's prospects for becoming a nuclear weapons state—and how Israel, the Arab world, and the international community will respond to that outcome—is also included.
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Perhaps more than any other corner of the globe, the Middle East has been the source of endless stereotypes, assumptions, and two-dimensional portrayals. Despite simplistic views of some in the media who portray the Middle East as little more than sand covering a sea of oil, there is a deeper and more profound reality. Nuclear programs have been a much more prominent and enduring fixture in the region than commonly recognized and the likelihood is that over the next ten years the nuclear programs and possibly nuclear weapons programs in the region will increase. Change in this volatile region often appears to come slowly but it is inevitable; understanding the dimensions and direction of those changes on nuclear questions can provide a framework for informed policy decisions in years to come.
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