Title page for ETD etd-12152007-131939

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Andersen, Corey L
URN etd-12152007-131939
Title The Iranian Nuclear Dilemma: How Does the U.S. Respond?
Degree Master of Arts
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Nelson, Scott C. Committee Chair
Luke, Timothy W. Committee Member
Stivachtis, Ioannis Yannis Committee Member
  • sanctions
  • U.S. foreign policy
  • containment
  • nuclear weapons
Date of Defense 2007-12-05
Availability unrestricted
Since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, Iran has visibly increased its work towards developing a nuclear program. This is alarming to many because Iran’s ambitions for its nuclear program are unclear and whether it is on a quest for nuclear weapons is unknown. The Iranian government is largely anti-West, anti-Israel, and now, with the downfall of Iraq, is in a position to spread its influence throughout the Middle East. This thesis examines the evolution of the Iranian nuclear program, the relationship between the United States and Iran and how this relationship will likely have a significant influence on the ability of Iran to develop a nuclear program. The goal is to assess the current status of the situation and examine the possible policies the United States could implement towards Iran and its nuclear program.
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