Accession Number : ADA546362


Title :   Nuclear Politics in Iran


Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Yaphe, Judith S


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a546362.pdf


Report Date : May 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 69


Abstract : This collection of analyses on the unintended consequences of Iran's nuclear policy for its domestic and international relations is the first in a series of papers that will examine the impact of critical issues and developments on key countries in the Greater Middle East and on U.S. security interests. Succeeding papers will identify similar emerging issues in Turkey, Iraq, Yemen, and the Persian Gulf region. For the most part, the papers will represent the independent research and opinions of academic scholars and regional experts prepared for and presented at the National Defense University. This inaugural paper focuses on the nuclearization of Iranian politics, society, and security. Three prominent scholars examine the emergence of an Iranian nuclear political strategy and its role in shaping domestic political discourse and international security policy. Farideh Farhi examines Iran's nuclear policy and the rhetorical instruments used in the shaping of public opinion between 2002 and 2007. She argues that while the foundations for a nationalist nuclear discourse were carefully laid out during the presidency of reformist Mohammad Khatami, the failure of negotiations between the reformist government and European representatives and subsequent increased pressure on the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad government contributed to the increasingly strident tone Iranian negotiators took after 2006.


Descriptors :   *POLICIES , *IRAN , *NUCLEAR WEAPONS , YEMEN , NATIONAL DEFENSE , PUBLIC OPINION , ATOMIC ENERGY LEVELS , ELECTIONS , MILITARY STRATEGY , IRAQ , NUCLEAR WARFARE , PERSIAN GULF


Subject Categories : Nuclear Weapons


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE