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Dismantling the Iraqi Nuclear Programme
The Inspections of the International Atomic Energy Agency, 1991–1998

ISBN 9780415828390
Published December 21, 2013 by Routledge
296 Pages

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Book Description

This book is an authoritative account of the nuclear weapons inspections regime in Iraq from 1991 to 1998.

Without a proper understanding of those years, the 2003 US invasion of Iraq after a futile WMD search remain unintelligible. In the 1990s, after adapting to a completely new kind of intrusive inspections with unprecedented access rights, the IAEA discovered and dismantled Iraq’s clandestine nuclear weapons program and put in place an efficient monitoring system which could have contained Saddam Hussein’s attempts to reconstitute his nuclear programs – had he ever tried to. However, the politicisation of the inspection process led to an end of the inspections in 1998.

Based on various sources including inspection reports and other documents in the archive of the IAEA Iraq Action Team at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Dismantling the Iraqi Nuclear Programme presents completely new information about the weapons inspection regime in Iraq and offers valuable lessons for future non-proliferation and disarmament cases. The book also draws on discourse from Iraqi scientists, which provides a close look into not only the motivation of involved Iraqis, but also Iraqi concealment mechanisms.

This book will be of much interest to students of nuclear proliferation, arms control, Middle Eastern politics, diplomacy, international security and IR.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1: Resolution 687 – The Legal Basis for the Disarmament of Iraq  2: Tasking the IAEA  3: The Start of the Inspection Process  4: Obstruction and Concealment  5: Methodological Work  6: Deterioration on all fronts  7: The Breakthrough – the Document-Search Inspection  8: A More Coherent Picture  9: Procurement and Declaration Questions  10: The Underground Reactor and Faulty Designations  11: Between Bombing Campaigns  12: Permanent Presence  13: Hussein Kamel’s Defection  14: Dead Ends  15: The Collapse  Conclusions

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Gudrun Harrer is Lecturer in Modern Middle Eastern History, Politics and Culture, at the University of Vienna, and has a PhD in International Relations.