Graduation Year

Spring 2014

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Middle East Studies

Second Department


Reader 1

James Higdon

Reader 2

Edward Haley

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From the revelation of the extent of the Iranian nuclear program in 2002 through the end of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s first term in 2009, the interplay between international and domestic actions came to define the progression of the nuclear program. This thesis delves into these into these interactions, examining the failures and successes of Iran’s relationships with various international entities to determine how external factors affected the evolution of Iran’s nuclear program. This thesis draws upon a scientific knowledge of nuclear technology, a theoretical view of international relations, and a historical and cultural understanding of the Arab World to analyze the political and scientific ramifications of Iran’s nuclear program and directly link international actions and domestic reactions to explain the program’s progression. This clear connection elucidates the key failings of negotiations during this era: an inability of one side to understand the other.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.