GRM 2010 GRM 2011

Abstract Details

 
AUTHOR NAME
 
Family Name:
Salahieh
 
First Name:
Sidra
 
ABSTRACT OF PAPER
 
Title of Paper:
Nuclear power, uranium enrichment and regional cooperation in the Middle East
 
Paper Proposal Text :
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that was signed between Iran and world powers in July 2015 represented the culmination of concerted international efforts to curb Iran’s controversial nuclear program. On the other hand, other Middle Eastern countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have laid out committed plans to build nuclear power plants as a response to increasing demand for electricity. However, although the JCPOA freezes Iran’s uranium enrichment program for the next 10-15 years, it is still very possible that Iran’s neighbors would demand having similar indigenous enrichment programs, and thus once again raise security concerns of nuclear proliferation. One option that would offer some real security benefits and simultaneously ensure regional financial stability is the establishment of a joint uranium enrichment facility in the Middle East. This paper examines the economic viability of converting Iran’s uranium enrichment program into a multinational one where regional countries act as both stakeholders as well as clients. In addition to analyzing supply and demand for enriched uranium fuel in the region, the paper would also discuss potential financing models for such an initiative, while also highlighting the underlying technical and political challenges.
 
 
 

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