The Covert War against Iran’s Nuclear Program: An effective counterproliferation strategy?

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dc.contributor.author MAHER, Richard
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-04T09:45:55Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-04T09:45:55Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.issn 1830-7728
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/23395
dc.description.abstract For nearly a decade the United States and some of its key allies have sought to disrupt, delay, and potentially reverse Iran’s nuclear program through diplomatic pressure, economic sanctions, and veiled threats of military attack, all with little or no success. As Iran inches closer to acquiring a nuclear weapons capability, the United States and Israel have embarked on a bolder and far riskier strategy of covert action to thwart Iran’s nuclear progress, which has included assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists, infiltrating and sabotaging procurements networks on which Iran relies for parts and equipment for its nuclear program, and unleashing cyber attacks against Iran’s nuclear infrastructure. Despite the increased prominence of covert counterproliferation efforts against Iran, there has been little effort by scholars and other observers to evaluate their effectiveness. While the goal of covert action has been to provide more time for diplomacy and economic sanctions to work—rather than to permanently cripple Iran’s nuclear program—covert action has become increasingly ineffective, self-defeating, and counterproductive. Contrary to its advocates’ claims, it will make diplomacy and a future compromise more difficult by reinforcing mutual suspicions, hostility, and antagonisms between Washington and Tehran. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI MWP en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2012/17 en
dc.subject Covert action en
dc.subject USA en
dc.subject Iran en
dc.subject Israel en
dc.subject nuclear capability en
dc.title The Covert War against Iran’s Nuclear Program: An effective counterproliferation strategy? en
dc.type Working Paper en


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