Abstinence or Tolerance: Managing Nuclear Ambitions in Saudi Arabia

July 03, 2018

by Nicholas L. Miller and Tristan A. Volpe

 

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Since 2015, a Saudi nuclear hedging strategy has come into focus, raising the risks of a spiraling proliferation race with Iran toward nuclear latency. How should the U.S. attempt to manage the Saudi nuclear program? Perhaps surprisingly, in ongoing Saudi-U.S. negotiations, the authors argue a standard nuclear cooperation (123) agreement is superior to one with “Gold Standard” constraints on enrichment. Here’s why...