Book title: Troubling Tehran: Reflections on Geopolitics
Author(s): Arun Vishwanathan , Rajaram Nagappa(Eds.)
ISBN: 978-81-8274-723-4
Publication Year: 2013
Binding: HB
Pages: 158
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About the Book:
What is the best approach for resolving differences over the Iranian nuclear programme and preventing a conflict? How would a conflict possibly unravel given Iranian military, asymmetric and missile capabilities? What does a military conflict over Iran mean for international order and India in particular? These are some of the questions that the book, Troubling Tehran: Reflections on Geopolitics analyses and seeks answers to. The Iranian nuclear programme is a complex subject plagued by fundamental differences on how best to resolve it. While some advocate diplomacy and economic sanctions as a way forward, others push for a military response arguing that pursuing diplomacy provides Iran additional time to achieve a break-out capability. However, military coercion may not yield desired results, given the dispersed nature of Iranian nuclear facilities. A strike in fact is likely to accelerate Iranian nuclear weaponisation programme. The recent sanctioning of Iran`s oil sector adds to the regime`s cup of woes which is already overflowing due to a host of economic problems. However, the jury is still out on the question of whether sanctions would spark public disaffection against the regime. The implications of a military conflict involving Iran are serious for Asia, Particularly India. About 85 percent of Iranian oil exports are eastward bound. Dependence on crude and natural gas imports from the Middle East and North Africa region including Iran poses a dilemma for Indian Policy makers. New Delhi thus needs to strike a fine balance while basing its policy on realpolitik and national interest.

About the Author:
Arun Vishwanathan : Dr. Arun Vishwanathan is Assistant Professor, Iternational Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advance Studies, Bangalore. Prior to joining NIAS, he was Assistant Director at the National Security Council Secretariat in the Prime Minister`s Office. Before his stint in the government, he was Associate Fellow at the Indian Pugwash Society, IDSA Campus, New Delhi. Arun holds a doctorate from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His doctoral thesis is a historical study of Indian nuclear Programme and decision making. Arun Specializes on issues relating to nuclear deterrence, proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology, nuclear safeguards and export controls. Prof. Rajaram Nagappa heads the Internationsl Strategic and Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. He has specialized in aerospace propulsion and has worked extensively in the design and development of solid propellant rockets. He was Associate Director at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, ISRO and later the Pandalai Memorial Chair Professor at Anna University, Chennai. He has also taught at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Prof. Nagappa?s interests are in missile technology and space security. Prof. Nagappa?s recent work includes an assessment of the Pakistani cruise missiles and an assessment of the Iranian satellite launch vehicle Safir. He has also traced the development of fighter aircraft in China as a part of a study on China`s Science & Technology capability.

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