The Resource Thinking about nuclear power in post-Saddam Iraq, Norman Cigar, (electronic resource)

Thinking about nuclear power in post-Saddam Iraq, Norman Cigar, (electronic resource)

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Thinking about nuclear power in post-Saddam Iraq
Title
Thinking about nuclear power in post-Saddam Iraq
Statement of responsibility
Norman Cigar
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"This monograph provides an overview and analysis of thinking in Iraq on the issue of nuclear power. Nuclear power has long held a special fascination for Iraq, and despite past controversies, this issue continues to draw the attention of numerous influential Iraqis in the post-Saddam era. Informed public opinion in Iraq today is clearly a more important factor for understanding the background of decision making than it was during the Saddam era, so that this monograph addresses the views of all the sectors of Iraqi society likely to have an input into decision making in this arena. There is an emerging Iraqi consensus on the desirability of a peaceful nuclear program, with arguments supported by the expected benefits for electric power generation, agriculture, and medicine, as well as an eventual transition from oil. National pride is also a motivating factor, as nuclear power is viewed as an indicator of modernity and as proof of being able to keep up with regional neighbors. As for a military application of nuclear power, those expressing a positive view--all outside the current government--see nuclear weapons as an effective political and military instrument and as necessary to balance Israel's nuclear arsenal, although their support is voiced on behalf of 'the Arabs' in general rather than using the more sensitive term, Iraq. The belief in the effectiveness of a balance of terror in ensuring security and stability is widespread. Perceptions about a prospective Iranian nuclear weapon, however, most often break down along confessional lines, with most Shi'a welcoming the prospect as a boost to the Shi'a community's security, while Sunnis continue earlier views of a nuclear-armed Iran as a threat. There is little concern over potential environmental implications or potential accidents, or attention to ethical issues. One should expect in Iraq the same movement toward nuclear power as in the rest of the Middle East, at least in the civilian sector. However, daunting obstacles remain to rebuilding the country's eviscerated nuclear infrastructure, which resulted from the dismantling of many facilities, the removal of fissionable material, and the emigration or death of former nuclear scientists. However, Baghdad has taken steps to reintegrate the country into the nuclear research structure of the Arab world and to end existing restrictive international controls. For example, it has requested that France build a new reactor, and has made an effort to regenerate its domestic scientific community. There is no indication of any intention to reestablish a military program; any decision to do so in the future would be impossible to predict, given Iraq's evolving domestic political dynamics. It will be difficult for the United States or the international community to ignore or reject outright Iraq's expectations for a nuclear program, given the deeply-felt entitlement throughout Iraq's informed public and in light of the almost universal regional trends. But the United States can help to manage the process of an orderly, safe, and peaceful nuclear reintegration of Iraq in the civilian sector. At the same time, the United States and the international community should ensure that any return to a nuclear program be accompanied by Iraq's acceptance of strict international monitoring and controls to prevent any diversion to the military field or terrorist use. U.S.policymakers and military leaders should also focus on ensuring that any peaceful nuclear program in Iraq be as secure from accidents as possible through training and assistance. Once stability increases in Iraq, U.S. military and civilian government agencies should launch an effort to educate the Iraqi military, government officials, and the general population on the benefits and risks of nuclear power. Intelligence analysts should continue to monitor Iraqi public opinion on the nuclear issue, as well as any Iraqi actions which could lead to undesired results, including support from other countries. More broadly, U.S. and international leaders can work to modify the overall Middle East regional threat environment so as to alleviate the domestic pressures for nuclear proliferation both in the civilian and in the military sphere, especially by encouraging genuine progress in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Finally, U.S. policymakers can support and reassure the Iraqi government and public, with regard to an incipient Iranian nuclear threat, although the inclusion of an 'umbrella' for Israel or requests for a permanent U.S. military presence in the region would likely derail such an initiative. Awareness of and sensitivity to Iraqi thinking on the nuclear issue, in general, will facilitate the crafting of more effective U.S. policies which can in turn contribute to the security of the Middle East region and beyond."
Cataloging source
GPO
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cigar, Norman L
Dewey number
333.792/40956
Government publication
federal national government publication
Index
no index present
LC call number
TK9113.I7
LC item number
C54 2010eb online
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Army War College (U.S.)
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Nuclear energy
  • Nuclear industry
  • Nuclear weapons
  • National security
  • Nuclear nonproliferation
Label
Thinking about nuclear power in post-Saddam Iraq, Norman Cigar, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed on April 26, 2010)
  • "April 2010."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 50-71)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. The terms of reference ; Research sources and methods -- Lobbying for atomic power. The economic argument ; National pride -- Nuclear weapons in Iraq's future? Assessing nuclear threats to Iraq ; Assessing other nuclear threats ; The Kurdish viewpoint ; The utility of nuclear weapons ; Marginal dissonant views ; Ethical perspectives ; Environmental considerations -- Prospects and implications. The near-term trajectory ; Rebuilding an infrastructure -- Conclusions -- Recommendations
Control code
609429909
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 71 pages)
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9781584874348
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (GPO)99296870
  • (OCoLC)609429909
Label
Thinking about nuclear power in post-Saddam Iraq, Norman Cigar, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed on April 26, 2010)
  • "April 2010."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 50-71)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. The terms of reference ; Research sources and methods -- Lobbying for atomic power. The economic argument ; National pride -- Nuclear weapons in Iraq's future? Assessing nuclear threats to Iraq ; Assessing other nuclear threats ; The Kurdish viewpoint ; The utility of nuclear weapons ; Marginal dissonant views ; Ethical perspectives ; Environmental considerations -- Prospects and implications. The near-term trajectory ; Rebuilding an infrastructure -- Conclusions -- Recommendations
Control code
609429909
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 71 pages)
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9781584874348
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (GPO)99296870
  • (OCoLC)609429909

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