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Dr. Norman Cigar is a Research Fellow at the Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia. Before retiring, he taught military theory, strategy, and policy, operational case studies, nuclear war theory, and regional studies at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the School of Advanced Warfighting. Previous assignments include service as a senior political-military analyst in the Pentagon, where he was responsible for the Middle East in the Office of the Army’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence. During the Gulf War, he was the Army’s senior political military intelligence staff officer on the Desert Shield/Desert Storm Task Force. Dr. Cigar is the author of Why Did Iraq Want Nuclear Weapons? Perspectives of a Would-be Nuclear Power (forthcoming) and of Iraq’s Vision of the Nuclear Battlefield. He has written numerous works on politics and security issues dealing with the Middle East and the Balkans, and has been a consultant at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at the Hague. Dr. Cigar was also a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, George Mason University. He has studied and traveled widely in the Middle East. Dr. Cigar holds a D. Phil. from Oxford (St. Antony’s College) in Middle East History and Arabic; an M.I.A. from the School of International and Public Affairs and a Certificate from the Middle East Institute, Columbia University; and an M.S.S.I. from the National Defense Intelligence College.
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Authored by Dr. Norman Cigar.
Iraqis are debating the desirability of atomic power for their country. U.S. and international policymakers will have to consider Iraqi views as they shape policy to manage the process of an orderly, safe, and peaceful nuclear reintegration of Iraq in the civilian sector while guaranteeing safeguards against both accidents and any future diversion of a nuclear program for military purposes or terrorist exploitation.