Iran and Nuclear Weapons
Iran’s nuclear program was launched in the 1950s with the help of the United States as part of the Atoms for Peace program. The participation of the United States and Western European governments in Iran’s nuclear program continued until the 1979 Iranian Revolution that toppled the last Shah of Iran. In the 80’s and 90’s, negotiations took place with France and with Argentina, and agreements were reached. In the 1990s, Russia formed a joint research organization with Iran, providing Iran with Russian nuclear experts and technical information.
What is the current state of Iranian nuclear power and how does it effect the region, the U.S.- Iran relationship, and the world? Dr. Akan Malici will provide information and insight into these important questions.
Akan Malici is from a Turkish and Albanian family. He grew up in Germany and received his undergraduate education in Literature and Political Science at the University of Tuebingen. He came to the United States for graduate school in 2000 and received his Ph.D. degree from Arizona State University in 2004. His scholarly expertise is in international relations, international security and foreign policy analysis. Dr. Malici has authored many articles and books, including U.S. Presidents and Foreign Policy Mistakes (Stanford University Press, 2011) and Role Theory and Role Conflict in U.S.-Iran Relations: Enemies of Our Own Making (Routledge 2016).