Students love good stories. That is why case studies are such a powerful way to engage students while teaching them about concepts fundamental to the study of international relations. Cases in International Relations helps students understand the context of headline events in the international arena. Organized into three main parts—military, economic, and human security—the book's fifteen cases examine enduring and emerging issues from the longstanding Arab-Israeli conflict to the rapidly changing field of cyber-security. Compatible with a variety of theoretical perspectives, the cases consider a dispute's origins, issue development, and resolution so that readers see the underlying dynamics of state behavior and can try their hand at applying theory.
Chapter 5: Iran's Nuclear Ambitions
Iran's Nuclear Ambitions
Iran has been embroiled in complex diplomatic and economic entanglements for the better part of the last decade, chiefly because of its nuclear program. Highlighting the complex weave between conflict and cooperation, the past decade has included occasional agreements, proposed solutions, and threats and incidences of cyberwarfare and assassination. One example of this is the Stuxnet computer worm (discussed in Chapter 7) that famously disrupted Iran's centrifuge activity, which was revealed to be an Israeli-American joint effort to thwart Iran's nuclear program.1 What has led to this cycle of diplomacy, sanctions, and threats of war? What are the prospects for cooperation in resolving issues that matter not only to the United States and Israel but to Iran, the Arab states, ...