The New Version of the Old History: Global Change, the Iranian Nuclear Crisis and the USA

By Nursin Atesoglu Guney.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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The current Iranian crisis that has become known since the 2002 by the international community reached to a deadlock situation in the aftermath of the standoff between Washington and Tehran regime in 2005 made a real spurring effect in the Middle East region in terms of triggering the states’ of this region interest in search for attaining the means of developing nuclear energy-via nuclear power plants. According to the common wisdom in the West unless this new growing tide of nuclear energy demands present in the Middle Eastern region is somehow put under control at the inception it is more likely that the nuclear proliferation cascade in the region may become a reality in the future. Under the current impact of this Iranian nuclear driver in the region, US has concentrated more on efforts of introducing new strengthened non-proliferation measures to the states of the Middle East with the hope that these newly re-constructed non-proliferation norms in time can become applicable to the whole states of the region or at least and at best for the time being can only be limited to some of the certain sub-regions-like Gulf-in the region. For this reason this paper is aimed to answer, the highly debatable question of whether under the shadow of continuing Iranian nuclear crisis the US efforts of building new norms of non-proliferation regime in the Middle East has the chance of bringing up a new Middle East free of uranium enrichment and plutonium reprocessing in the near future if not achieving the conditions of making the Middle East region free from proliferation of the nuclear weapons.

Keywords: Nuclear Weapons, NPT, Iran, USA, Non-proliferation, IAEA

Global Studies Journal, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.9-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.185MB).

Dr. Nursin Atesoglu Guney

Prof. Dr., Department of Political Science and International Relations, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

She is the professor of International Relations and member of Foundation of Balkan and Middle Eastern Studies (OBIV-Turkey). The interest area of Prof. Dr. Guney covers security studies, western strategies, current international developments, foreign and security policy of the USA, EU and Turkey. She has number of publications on these themes and some of the recent ones are: Contentious Issues of Security and The Future of Turkey, Nurşin Ateşoğlu Güney (ed.), Ashgate Publications, Great Britain, January 2007, Nurşin Ateşoğlu Güney, New Western Security Strategies: EU- USA- NATO, (Turkish) Bağlam Yayınları, November 2006, İstanbul.

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