@EmilyLandau: Will Saudi Arabia become a nuclear power? It’s aimed at civilian nuclear–unless Iran has nukes, in which case Saudis will be right behind: with an indigenous capability, or an agreement with Pakistan . . .The JCPOA has made this harder.

Dec 09, 2018, 01:05 AM

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Emily Landau, research Fellow at INSS and head of the Arms Control and Regional Security Program, in re: Is Saudi Arabia intending to become a nuclear power? What we've been hearing since 2010 is that they don’t intend to, but are interested in civilian nuclear cooperation – unless Iran does, in which case Saudis will be right behind them. No one knows if Saudis want an indigenous capability, or perhaps have an agreement with Pakistan from when Saudis financed Pakistan’s nukes. The Trump Adm’s dilemma is whether or not to allow [how much] development. The JCPOA has made this harder because it explicitly endorses Iran’s uranium enrichment. Also advanced centrifuges. The Saudis are a good member in good standing of the . . .




Emily Landau is a senior research Fellow at INSS and head of the Arms Control and Regional Security Program, leading its research, conference outreach, and mentorship projects. Dr. Landau has taught nuclear strategy, negotiations and arms control in different programs at Tel Aviv University since 2004; she currently teaches in the executive MA program on Diplomacy and Security at Tel Aviv University, as well as in the Lauder school of Government at IDC Herzliya (from 2013), and the International School at the University of Haifa (from 2008). Dr. Landau holds a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Forbes magazine chose Dr. Landau as one of Israel’s fifty most influential women for 2015, in recognition of her work on security issues, in particular her public profile regarding the Iranian nuclear crisis.