Iran's Nuclear Program and the Global South

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Foreign Policy of India, Brazil, and South Africa

Author: Michal Onderco

ISBN: 9781137499066
Publication Date: July 2015
Formats: Hardcover, Ebook (EPUB), Ebook (PDF)
Publisher: Palgrave Pivot
Pages: 128

Book Description

While the Iranian nuclear programme has attracted the attention of the international community and has been dealt with in various international forums, analyses of the responses so far have been largely limited to the study of Western countries. Studying the responses of India, Brazil, and South Africa to Iran's nuclear programme entails analysis of the foreign policies of the countries of the Global South. Neither Iran's nuclear program nor the international response were deemed insignificant by the Global South, and the emerging powers took particular interest. The resulting dispute combined three great avenues for action – nuclear politics, economic interests, and a welcome opportunity to position themselves in international politics on the eve of twenty-first century. Policy towards Iran has become entangled with policy towards the international community and its tools.

Subjects: International Relations, Foreign Policy and Diplomacy, Politics, Military, and Security Studies

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Global South, Nuclear Politics and Iran
3. India
4. Brazil
5. South Africa
6. Conclusion


"Why do some states that claim to support non-proliferation nonetheless refuse to support non-proliferation measures, such as sanctions against Iran? Michal Onderco's book provides an insightful window into this question, arguing that ideational considerations shape state foreign policy responses just as much as material factors. Onderco's book is an important work that informs the fields of nuclear politics and comparative foreign policy more generally." - Maria Rost Rublee, Australian National University, Australia

"Michal Onderco's illuminating book describes the similarities and differences between the foreign policies of Brazil, India, and South Africa vis-à-vis the Iranian nuclear program. The reader learns a lot on how these rising powers view themselves in the future constellation of world politics." - Tom Sauer, University of Antwerp, Belgium

About the Author

Michal Onderco is Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. He received his PhD in political science from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He was previously a Fulbright Visiting Researcher at Columbia University, New York, USA. His research is focused on the politics of international institutions, the Global South, and nuclear proliferation.

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