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dc.contributor.advisorRussell, James
dc.contributor.authorMaurer, Christopher L.
dc.dateSep-14
dc.date.accessioned2014-12-05T20:10:34Z
dc.date.available2014-12-05T20:10:34Z
dc.date.issued2014-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/43952
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractA nuclear threshold state is one that could quickly operationalize its peaceful nuclear program into one capable of producing a nuclear weapon. This thesis compares two known threshold states, Japan and Brazil, with Iran to determine if the Islamic Republic could also be labeled a threshold state. Furthermore, it highlights the implications such a status could have on U.S. nonproliferation policy. Although Iran's nuclear program is mired in controversy, it relates to those of Japan and Brazil. While not maintaining as robust of a program and often conflicting with the international community, Iran has the capabilities to produce weapons grade material and could be considered a nuclear threshold state. Dozens of countries in the world have similar nuclear capabilities and maintain the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty rights to advance their nuclear programs so long as they are peacefully applied. Unfortunately for nonproliferation advocates, these capabilities make fuel for both energy and weapons. To prevent proliferation and eliminate the world’s nuclear weapons arsenal, the United States will need to alter its policy and convince the world that nuclear weapons should be abolished. Although this task includes a multitude of variables, incremental steps can be taken toward the administration’s final goal.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. As such, it is in the public domain, and under the provisions of Title 17, United States Code, Section 105, may not be copyrighted.en_US
dc.titleIran: the next nuclear threshold state?en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderMoltz, James Clay
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.subject.authorIranen_US
dc.subject.authorJapanen_US
dc.subject.authorBrazilen_US
dc.subject.authornuclear thresholden_US
dc.subject.authorproliferationen_US
dc.subject.authornonproliferationen_US
dc.subject.authordual-useen_US
dc.subject.authorNPTen_US
dc.subject.authorIAEAen_US
dc.subject.authorsafeguardsen_US
dc.subject.authoradditional protocolen_US
dc.subject.authoruraniumen_US
dc.subject.authorplutoniumen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant Commander, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts In Security Studies (Middle East, South Asia, Sub-saharan Africa)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Middle East, South Asia, Sub-saharan Africa)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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