Living on the Edge

Iran and the Practice of Nuclear Hedging

  • Wyn Bowen
  • Matthew Moran
  • Dina Esfandiary

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Wyn Bowen, Dina Esfandiary, Matthew Moran
    Pages 1-13
  3. Wyn Bowen, Dina Esfandiary, Matthew Moran
    Pages 15-43
  4. Wyn Bowen, Dina Esfandiary, Matthew Moran
    Pages 45-64
  5. Wyn Bowen, Dina Esfandiary, Matthew Moran
    Pages 65-93
  6. Wyn Bowen, Dina Esfandiary, Matthew Moran
    Pages 95-123
  7. Wyn Bowen, Dina Esfandiary, Matthew Moran
    Pages 125-144
  8. Wyn Bowen, Dina Esfandiary, Matthew Moran
    Pages 145-166
  9. Wyn Bowen, Dina Esfandiary, Matthew Moran
    Pages 167-171
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 173-189

About this book

Introduction

In this book, the authors explore the controversial Iranian nuclear programme through the conceptual lens of nuclear hedging.

In 2002, revelations regarding undeclared nuclear facilities thrust Iran’s nuclear activities under the spotlight and prompted concerns that Tehran was pursuing nuclear weapons. Iran has always denied nuclear weapons aspirations, yet it cannot be disputed that the Islamic Republic has gone well beyond what is required for a civil nuclear programme based on energy production and scientific research. 

What, then, is the nature and significance of Iran's nuclear behaviour? Does it form part of a coherent strategy? What can Iran's actions in the nuclear field tell us about Tehran's intentions? And what does the Iranian case teach us about proliferation behaviour more generally? 

This book addresses these questions by exploring the nature of nuclear hedging and how this approach might be identified, before applying this logic to the Iranian case. It provides fresh insights into the inherently opaque area of nuclear proliferation and a more nuanced interpretation of the Iranian nuclear challenge.

Keywords

Iran nuclear programme non-proliferation nuclear weapons proliferation behaviour Middle East Regional security Uranium enrichment Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Iran nuclear deal behavior energy Iran logic nature Nuclear weapons production Proliferation research strategy weapons

Authors and affiliations

  • Wyn Bowen
    • 1
  • Matthew Moran
    • 2
  • Dina Esfandiary
    • 3
  1. 1.King’s College London SwindonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.King's College London LONDONUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.King’s College London LondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-27309-3
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-27308-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-27309-3
  • About this book