Beyond Sand and Oil
|Publication Date: 01/2011|
|Size: 6 1/8x9 1/4|
|Format|| ||Price|| ||ISBN-13|
|Hardcover|| ||$49.95|| ||978-0-313-38705-0|
The Nuclear Middle East
This text provides an up-to-date overview of nuclear weapons in the politically fragile Middle East, discussing the evolution and future of national programs, as well as the current challenge posed by Iran.
Iran, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Pakistan, and India. All of these nations located in or near the Middle East already have nuclear weapons, or have the desire and means to obtain them. When combined with the political instability of the region, these countries' nuclear programs present a tremendous security risk to the entire world.
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.
• Each chapter chronologically identifies key milestones in the nuclear programs of the selected nations
• Contains maps depicting areas of the Middle East
• Provides a comprehensive discussion by country of the nuclear weapons programs that have evolved in the Middle East since the 1950s
• Other key issues are addressed, specifically the evolution of the India-Pakistan nuclear rivalry and the current dangers posed by Pakistan’s “Muslim bomb"
• Addresses the highly topical issue of nuclear weapons in the Middle East
• Offers a comprehensive account of events that have had a direct impact on U.S. interests
• Authoritative and thoroughly researched, yet also written in an accessible style for a broad range of audiences
• Gives special attention to the current and vexing world security issue presented by Iran
Jack Caravelli is a leading expert on nonproliferation and nuclear terrorism. He served on the White House National Security Council Staff from 1996-2000; his governmental service also included work for the Central Intelligence Agency and Department of Energy. Caravelli is an advisory board member of Oxford University's Program for Intelligence and Terrorism. His published works include Praeger's Nuclear Insecurity: Understanding the Threat from Rogue Nations and Terrorists.
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