Accession Number : ADA260903


Title :   Nuclear Proliferation: Lessons Learned from the Iraqi Case


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Dixon, Todd A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a260903.pdf


Report Date : Dec 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 130


Abstract : The nuclear weapons inspection regime implemented in Iraq following the United Nations coalition victory in Desert Storm is the most intrusive in history. Important conclusions about the current non-proliferation regime can therefore be determined from a study of Iraq's progress. This thesis examines Iraq's efforts to acquire nuclear weapons. The supply side of the equation is also studied, with a concentration upon the contributions of NATO nations. The strategic culture of Iraq is discussed, in an effort to discover why Iraq sought nuclear weapons. Finally, policy prescriptions are advanced. The current non- proliferation regime needs to be improved if the spread of nuclear weapons is to be halted, or even slowed. The most promising way to improve this regime is to involve the U.N. Special Commission and the U.N. Security Council in the management of the problem of nuclear proliferation.


Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION , *ARMS CONTROL , NUCLEAR WEAPONS , FOREIGN POLICY , NATO , IRAQ , INTERNATIONAL , NUCLEAR ENERGY , DESERTS , CULTURE , UNITED NATIONS , TREATIES , MIDDLE EAST , SECURITY , THESES , HISTORY , INSPECTION


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Nuclear Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE