Spanning over a period of more than five decades since its inception, Iran’s nuclear programme is the most protracted civilian nuclear program in the world and one of the most politicized projects in Iran’s history.
'Iran and the Nuclear Question' offers a historiographical portrait of Iran’s early nuclear program under Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. Using declassified archival material, the book thematically chronicles the program’s genesis, evolutionary trajectory, and devolution from the 1950s through to the 1970s. It also catalogues the Revolutionary Iran’s early socialization into the atom and the Islamic Republic’s gradual change of heart about nuclear energy that culminated in the incremental resuscitation of the Shah’s nuclear enterprise in the 1980s.
As the first archive-based account of one of the most long-lasting and capital-intensive nuclear enterprises during the Cold War, ‘Iran and the Nuclear Question’ is a valuable resource for students and scholars of Iranian, Middle East and Security Studies. Written in a clear and accessible format, it will also appeal to those with a more general interest in Iran and its nuclear journey.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Atoms for Peace: Nuclear Infancy 2. From Bahgdad Pact to Cento 3.The National Security Monarch 4. Nuclear Program Muddles Through 5. Prestige, Supremacy and Deterrence 6. Birth of AEOI 7. India’s Peaceful Nuclear Explosion 8. Conventional Bribery 9. Shah’s Foot-in-Mouth Moment 10. Standoff with Washington 11. Gravitation Towards Europe 12. London Club 13. Proliferation Red Flags 14. Indian Factor 15. Ford's Quest for Breakthrough 16. Nuclear-Allergic Carter 17. The Persepolis Conference and its Aftermath 18. The Devil in Details 19. Strategic Hedging 20. Israel Factor 21. Enterprise Under Fire: Nuclear Retrenchment 22. Nuclear Dormancy 23. Designation as Intransigent Proliferator Conclusion
Mohammad Homayounvash has a Ph.D in International Relations and is currently Research Associate at the Middle East Studies Center at Florida International University, America