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Anticipating a Nuclear Iran: Challenges for U.S. Security

Robert Pfaltzgraff and Jacquelyn Davis


This volume offers alternative models for assessing the challenges of a nuclear Iran for U.S. security. It is based on the assumption that Iran will soon obtain nuclear weapons. Through three different scenarios, the book explores the political, strategic, and operational challenges facing the United States in a post-Cold War world. It assesses the type of nuclear capability Iran might develop and the conditions under which Iran might resort to threatening or actually to using such weapons. It looks at the extent to which Iran's military strategy and declaratory policy might embolden Iran and ... More

Keywords: nuclear weapons, Iran, security, United States, Cold War, deterrence theory, foreign policy, defense

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231166225
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231166225.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Pfaltzgraff, author
Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis

Jacquelyn Davis, author