Thesis Title

Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Ballistic Missiles: a Case Study of Iran

Date of Graduation

Fall 2001


Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies


Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

William Van Cleave

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies


Iran is known to have programs for the acquisition of ballistic missiles of increasing range and for various weapons capable of mass destruction. Foreign assistance has helped these programs substantially. Iran is a case study of how a country can acquire such capabilities without having to resort to the more difficult and time consuming process of indigenous development. This thesis examines the transfer of technology and components for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and missiles to Iran by Russia, China, and North Korea, and their motivations for this proliferation. It also examines the implications of this proliferation for American interests and for American relations with Iran, Russia, China, and North Korea. Finally, it examines U.S. responses to this proliferation.


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