Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

This book provides a look into the motivations, perceptions, and domestic politics swirling around Iran.

Chubin, Shahram, Iran's Nuclear Ambitions, Washington: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2006.

Is there a way to convince Iran to avoid becoming a nuclear power? According to the author, it would take some sort of threat to accomplish this. Absent an external threat, Iran will get nuclear weapons, it will remain "reflexively hostile to the United States and Israel," and it will use its nuclear weapons to elevate its "penchant for brinkmanship."

This book provides a look into the motivations, perceptions, and domestic politics swirling around Iran. Chubin outlines the recent history of Iran's nuclear program and diplomacy, and argues that the central problem in not nuclear technology but rather Iran's behavior as a revolutionary state with ambitions that collide with the interests of its neighbors and the West.

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