The Day After Iran Gets the Bomb

Source: Foreign Policy
by Stephen W Walt

“Will Iran ever acquire nuclear weapons? What would happen if it did? The answer to the first question seems increasingly to be yes. The second question, however, is as unclear as ever. … According to the late Kenneth Waltz’s last published article, the most straightforward way to stabilize the region would be for Iran to acquire a nuclear deterrent of its own. He argued that possession of a nuclear arsenal would reduce Iran’s security fears, give it less reason to make trouble for others, and force its regional rivals to refrain from using force against it in ways that might inadvertently lead to a nuclear exchange. As Winston Churchill put it in the early years of the Cold War, stability would become ‘the sturdy child of terror.'” (05/14/24)