Nuclear Pariahs and Regimes in the New World Disorder

Date of Award

Fall 12-1996

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Political Science & Geography

Program/Concentration

Graduate Program in International studies

Committee Director

Regina Karp

Committee Member

Daniel Nelson

Committee Member

Kidana Mengisteab

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.I45 L47

Abstract

This thesis discusses the role of pariah states vis-a-vis the nonproliferation regime. Specifically, the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) is analyzed to determine, first, whether Iran is a pariah, second, the potential threat the IRI poses to the Persian Gulf region and third, the possible international responses that may be undertaken to address Iranian pariahtude in the nuclear field. Through the course of this thesis regimes are defined as a set of implicit and explicit rules, principles, norms, and decision-making procedures around which actor's expectations converge and which govern relations among states. Pariahs are defined as states which consistently pursued policies in violation of international regimes, especially the nonproliferation regime. The study reveals that current Iranian nuclear ambitions do constitute a pariah challenge to the nuclear nonproliferation regime. Second, the study debates the merits and demerits of existing US policy on dealing with the Iranian challenge.

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DOI

10.25777/4v40-gj08

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