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Journal Article: Iran and the Bomb: US and Israeli Responses

Aaron Thomas Walter: This paper considers the relationship between the United States, Israel and Iran. The primary finding of this study suggests that the actions of all three countries are anchored in the realist realm and will continue to be bound to the concepts of power and security.

This paper considers the relationship between the United States, Israel and Iran on the security issue of Iran's nuclear weapons program through the lens of the realist paradigm. The discussion draws on understandings of realism in order to develop a hypothesis that allows us to make predictions about the US-Israeli relationship, Iranian intentions, and Israeli and US actions towards Iran.

The article concludes that US-Israeli actions toward Iran and its nuclear weapons program exhibits traditional features of neo-realist thought. Furthermore, the actions of all three actors will continue to be inextricably bound to the concepts of power and security.

Aaron T. Walter is a Ph.D. student in the Department of International Relations and European Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk Universit, Czech Republic. He is also a full time faculty member at Vysoka Skola Manazmentu Program of City University of Seattle in Slovakia.

 
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Tags: | nuclear proliferation | Israel | US | Iran |
 
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September 29, 2012

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On page 16 of his thesis the author mentions “the shared interests between the US and Israel on the topic of the survival of the state of Israel.” By bringing this issue forward, does the author suggest that a nuclear armed Iran would threaten the survival of Israel, where so far most scholars seem to see a deterrent in the possession of nuclear arms, specifically against external aggression with conventional arms?

On page 22 the author speaks about Iran’s efforts at building a nuclear weapons program. In his conclusion he also refers to Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

To my knowledge Iran does not have a nuclear weapons programme. All it has is a nuclear programme for civilian purposes. Perhaps the author could clarify this point.
 
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October 13, 2012

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Kenner’s piece gets sloppy in a couple places. He characterizes Iran’s nuclear program as “rogue” And I do not believe Gul opposes Iran’s civilian nuclear program (as Kenner implies); rather the concern is with nuclear weapon proliferation as a whole.In the past, I’ve actually compared Turkey’s rocky road to acceptance in the EU with Iran’s very rocky road to Western acceptance of its nuclear rights under the NPT. Seems to be more than a cultural chauvinism at work here, extending beyond the Bosphorus as it were.

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