Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Birth of a Regional Nuclear Arms Race?

Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Birth of a Regional Nuclear Arms Race?

Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Birth of a Regional Nuclear Arms Race?

Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Birth of a Regional Nuclear Arms Race?

Synopsis

Oona Crate was born to be the Wizard's apprentice, but she has another destiny in mind.

Despite possessing the rare gift of natural magic, Oona wants to be a detective. Eager for a case to prove herself, she wants to show her uncle-the Wizard of Dark Street-that logic is as powerful as magic. But when someone attacks the Wizard, Oona must delve even deeper into the world of magic to discover who wanted her uncle dead.

Full of magic, odd characters, evil henchmen, and a street where nothing is normal, The Wizard of Dark Street will have you guessing until the very end.

"Delightful cover art will attract Lemony Snicket and Neil Gaiman readers, who will enjoy the quirky characters and offbeat humor. Upbeat in tone, this delight is an excellent blend of fantasy and mystery with a variety of suspicious characters and enough red herrings to keep the reader guessing all the way to the end#133;#148;
- Booklist

Excerpt

Iran presents the most serious single security challenge in the Middle East. Its actions pose a critical potential threat to a region that dominates the world’s export of oil, gas, and petroleum products and help shape the ideological struggles within Islam. Its capabilities for asymmetric and proxy warfare have steadily expanded its power and influence in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Afghanistan. Iran has also succeeded in building ties to hard-line Palestinian movements such as Hamas.

While Iran remains a relatively weak conventional military power, it has already compensated by building up power capabilities for asymmetric warfare in the Gulf region and by creating special elements in its Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps to train and encourage the forces of groups such as Hezbollah. It has exploited its ability to export light weapons—including antitank and antiaircraft guided missiles —and artillery rockets, and even antiship missiles. the shaped-charge components and technology it provided to insurgents in Iraq were the single most lethal weapons technology in that fighting. the same was true of the Russian antitank guided weapons it supplied to Hezbollah before its war with Israel in 2006.

Iran can become a major regional military power, however, only if it can deploy long-range strike forces and equip them with weapons of mass destruction. Iran already has long-range missiles that can hit targets in much of the region and has systems with much greater range-payload in development. There are strong indications that Iran is reaching the breakout point in being able to build nuclear weapons and could be only years away from arming its missiles with nuclear warheads. the very risk of such actions may already have triggered changes in how Israel plans to structure and use its nuclear forces and is forcing the United States to choose between prevention, preemption, containment, and deterrence.

The pace of these developments has increased significantly in the last few years. At the same time, so has the complexity of Iranian actions. It is not possible to meaningfully address these actions and the risks they pose simply by focusing on Iran’s nuclear . . .

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