Nuclear proliferation in the Middle East remains an issue of concern. Saudi Arabia’s actions will largely rest on Iran’s decisions, and discussions and preparations within Saudi Arabia would suggest that it is ready to react to potential shifts in the region’s nuclear powers.

Saudi Arabia and Nuclear Weapons uses an "inside out" approach that emphasises the Saudis’ own national interests in relation to the nuclear threat, and their understanding of the role of nuclear weapons in defense, foreign policy and the concept of deterrence. It is the first study with comprehensive use of the local Arabic language military and civilian media to provide this understanding of official thinking and policy. The Saudi case study is contextualised against the prevailing proliferation models, to conclude that the Saudi case shares both commonalities and elements of uniqueness with other proliferation cases, implying the need for a ‘multi-causal’ approach. Its comparative analysis also suggests potential implications applicable more broadly to the issue of nuclear proliferation.

A comprehensive study of Saudi Arabia’s attitude to nuclear weapons, this book offers an exploration of nuclear proliferation that would interest students, scholars and policymakers working in Middle East studies, as well as Military and nuclear proliferation studies.

chapter |14 pages


chapter |13 pages

Analyzing the threat in Riyadh

Why would a nuclear Iran be so dangerous?

chapter |17 pages

Thinking in terms of solutions

How to stop Iran

chapter |24 pages

Thinking in terms of solutions

The evolution in Saudi thinking toward a nuclear option

chapter |27 pages

Thinking about the utility of nuclear weapons

Deterrence and beyond

chapter |12 pages

A nuclear environment and foreign policy

Reshaping relations within the Gulf

chapter |26 pages

Coming to terms with the 14 July 2015 nuclear agreement

Saudi anxiety overcome?