McNair Papers

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Articles from No. 69, August

Iran's Nuclear Program: Status, Risks, and Prospects
the next several months may well decide whether Iran will develop a capability to make nuclear weapons--in particular, developing the wherewithal to produce separated plutonium and highly enriched uranium (HEU). The outcome depends critically on negotiations...
Iran's Perspective: National Rights and Nuclear Weapons
I absolutely offer the world the assurance that Tehran is not after nuclear arms but will not forsake its absolute right. (9) --Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, December 2004 The IAEA can inspect wherever they wish, any time they want to make certain...
Neighbors, Negotiators, and Nonproliferators
If one day, the Islamic world is also equipped with weapons like those that Israel possesses now, then the imperialists' strategy will reach a standstill because the use of even one nuclear bomb inside Israel will destroy everything. However, it will...
Preface
As this paper goes to press, Iran has just come through its long-anticipated presidential election. Despite predictions of a victory for a well-known clerical "moderate," former president and expediency council head Akhbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, the winner...
Summary
In 2001, the Institute for national strategic studies (INSS) published The Strategic Implications of a Nuclear-Armed Iran by Kori Schake and Judith Yaphe, both then INSS Senior Fellows. (5) The study, which drew on open sources, postulated that Iran...
Timeline of Iran's Path to Nuclear Weapons
1957: Iran and the United States sign a civil nuclear cooperation agreement that provides for technical assistance and the lease of several kilograms of enriched uranium. It also calls for both countries to cooperate in research on the peaceful uses...
U.S. Policy Options
We, the Iranian people, within the borders of our country, will cut off any hand that harms our scientific, natural, human, or technological interests. We will cut off the hand that is sent to invade and work against our people's interests. We will...
Walking the Tightrope: Israeli Options in Response to Iranian Nuclear Developments
The Iranian government's effort to develop nuclear weapons production capability poses a formidable challenge to Israeli policymakers. From the Israeli perspective, the current Iranian regime is highly dangerous; its frequent emotion-filled declarations...