Volatile State: Iran in the Nuclear Age

Volatile State: Iran in the Nuclear Age

Volatile State: Iran in the Nuclear Age

Volatile State: Iran in the Nuclear Age


In an age of nuclear experimentation, military conflicts, and ISIS, the Middle East is unstable, and the Iran nuclear deal is shrouded in controversy and mistrust. How will this agreement impact US relations and strengths, not only in the region, but around the world? Will the US be challenged for world leadership? In Volatile State: Iran in the Nuclear Age, global affairs analyst David S. Oualaalou explores the new geopolitical landscape and how it will allow a nuclear Iran to flex its military, economic, and ideological muscles with the assistance of Russia and China. Taking under consideration how other governments have reacted to the agreement, Oualaalou provides a fresh perspective on current and future relations among the US and its current allies and provides a compelling path forward for future strategies in the Middle East. Volatile State is a "must read" tR


The idea of writing this book became more compelling after I completed my first one, The Ambiguous Foreign Policy of the United States toward the Muslim World: More than a Handshake. While researching scholarly material for my first book, I learned new perspectives on events evolving in the greater Middle East. Among the issues that captured my attention and interest is the United States’ continuing negotiations with Iran over the latter’s nuclear program. Research led me to question what will become of the Middle East when Iran becomes a nuclear state. the new insights and intellectual curiosity persuaded me to both express my thoughts and provide my own perspective on the future geopolitical landscape of the Middle East in postnuclear Iran.

This book, then, is about geopolitics and the future of international relations and us foreign policy toward both the Middle East and other major powers. a nuclear Iran in the Middle East, a region of always-dangerous flux and constantly shifting attitudes and energies on the global stage, will introduce new shifts in geopolitics and make international relations among major powers tenser. This result will affect not only the already tense relations among major world powers, mainly China, Russia, and the United States, but also among key regional players in the greater Middle East. a nuclear Iran introduces fundamental changes to a region where ambiguity, chaos, and violence are the orders of the day. in such a complex, often volatile region, relations between the United States and the region require careful attention to policy details—certainly more than diplomatic exchange in a new geopolitical landscape.

Before I write further about this topic and my insights on it, let me share my own background and how it qualifies me to write on geopolitics in the Middle East and postnuclear Iran. I worked in the field with elite military forces for over ten years carrying out operations at the behest of us policy makers. I speak Arabic and French fluently, understand the dynamics of the Middle East, grasp the depth of its social and cultural interactions, and know, from both abstract and practical perspectives, how the regions internal politics work. This firsthand experience is necessary, in my opinion, to offer the most salient analysis of how a nuclear Iran will change geopolitical calculations in the region among both major powers and regional countries.

Conventional wisdom suggests the new geopolitical landscape in the Middle East postnuclear Iran allows the latter to flex its military, economic, and ideological muscles with the support and help of Russia and China. Given these realities, Iran is closer than ever to realizing its political objective: becoming a regional . . .

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