Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Ballistic Missiles: a Case Study of Iran
Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies
Defense and Strategic Studies
William Van Cleave
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.
© Stephen Geurts
Geurts, Stephen, "Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Ballistic Missiles: a Case Study of Iran" (2001). MSU Graduate Theses. 704.