Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Rosatom’s nuclear energy contracts with Iran, Egypt, Turkey and Jordan signal a growth in Russian soft power in the region. Meanwhile, the United States is conspicuous by its absence in both reactor sales and nuclear cooperation.
- Russian hegemony in regional uranium supplies could offer political leverage.
- Nuclear energy programmes will give leaders further justification to strengthen state security mechanisms.
- The presence of nuclear material in the Middle East region will increase Western concerns over regime security and survival.
- Civil nuclear power could contribute to anxieties over a nuclear arms race.
- US disengagement from civil nuclear power in the Middle East may weaken its influence over non-proliferation.