Between potentially mishandling the Iran Nuclear Deal, and alienating the burgeoning nuclear power programs in the Middle East, the United States risks bungling an opportunity to direct the region’s nuclear future and, instead, might cede that leadership to Russia, China or South Korea. Saudi Arabia is looking to acquire nuclear technology in the form of a civilian nuclear power program. Which sounds good – similar to what the United Arab Emirates is doing. Since actual nuclear power has nothing to do with weapons, that’s great. However, Saudi Arabia considers itself the Sunni Leader in the world and a bulwark against Iran, which considers itself the Shia leader in the world. The Saudis will not restrict themselves in any way nuclear relative to Iran. Which means uranium enrichment and maybe reprocessing of used nuclear fuel.
Forbes 30th April 2018 read more »
Regional competitive environment of South Asia has fueled the strategic tension and security anxieties between India and Pakistan. Both countries share a history of hostile relations which have been strained by a number of historical and political issues. Due to prioritization of security concerns of regional states, South Asia is undergoing a nuclear and conventional arms modernization. However, the inception of nuclear weapons in South Asia has not only maintained the deterrence stability in region but at the same time instigated the nuclear and missile arms race in the region.
Modern Diplomacy 30th April 2018 read more »