Unpacking the Iranian Nuclear Deal: Nuclear Latency and U.S. Foreign Policy

December 07, 2016

by Rupal N. Mehta and Rachel Elizabeth Whitlark

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Iran is one of 31 countries to have historically possessed nuclear latency, or the technology to build nuclear weapons. Yet both the academic and policy communities have understudied this critical facet of proliferation: what drives states like Iran to acquire latency? What are the consequences for regional and global security? What should strategically be done?