June 14, 2017

Much Ado about Nothing? Status Ambitions and Iranian Nuclear Reversal

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May 2017

Why does Iran want nuclear weapons and what factors might cause it to reverse itself? Andrew Prosser believes there are two reasons why Tehran may reconsider the path it’s on – 1) states typically prefer accomplishments that do not involve nuclear weapons as a route to higher global standing, and 2) an improved external security environment can facilitate the giving up of nuclear ambitions. If these mitigating factors are indeed true, then outside stakeholders should focus on Iran's status and security concerns in order to prevent an ‘Iranian Bomb’.

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AuthorAndrew Prosser
SeriesStrategic Studies Quarterly (SSQ)
PublisherAir Force Research Institute (AFRI)
Copyright© 2017 Air Force Research Institute (AFRI)

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