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Seizing Nuclear Tehran: Obstacles to Understanding Iranian Nuclear Activities

Clément Therme
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In this article, we interrogate some of the central assumptions in the literature on Iran's nuclear behavior, including the role of the United States as a benevolent hegemon, the revisionist character of the Iranian government, the utility and efficacy of sanctions, and the widespread assumption that Iran is bent on obtaining and even using the bomb. We maintain that contemporary debates on the Iranian nuclear issue display similarities to Kremlinology during the Cold War, being deeply politicized and subject to bias and self-censorship. We conclude by highlighting ways for scholars to recast the discussion.
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hal-03814849 , version 1 (13-05-2023)

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Clément Therme, Kjølv Egeland, Hebatalla Taha. Seizing Nuclear Tehran: Obstacles to Understanding Iranian Nuclear Activities. Middle East journal, 2022, 76 (2), pp.159-178. ⟨10.3751/76.2.11⟩. ⟨hal-03814849⟩
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