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Conversations With History: Israel’s Bargain with the Bomb

January 18, 2012

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Author Avner Cohen discusses his latest book, explicates Israel’s nuclear doctrine of amimut, and analyzes the threat posed to Israel if Iran succeeds in acquiring nuclear weapons.

Recognizing the nerd in all of us, Guernica brings you Conversations with History, a video series of interviews with distinguished intellectuals conducted by creator and executive producer Harry Kreisler and produced by the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.

In this week’s episode, Kreisler welcomes author Avner Cohen, Senior Fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, to discuss his new book The Worst-Kept Secret: Israel’s Bargain with the Bomb. Tracing the history of Israel’s nuclear weapons program, Cohen explicates Israel’s nuclear doctrine of amimut (opacity), analyzing its implications for Israel’s democracy and for Israel’s international engagement. Cohen argues that, in the post-9/11 world, the doctrine conflicts with the norms of the international system and the effort to adapt non-proliferation to the realities of the 21st century. He concludes with an analysis of the threat posed to Israel if Iran succeeds in acquiring nuclear weapons.

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Harry 20bio.jpgHarry Kreisler is also the Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. In that role, he shapes, administers, and implements interdisciplinary academic and public affairs programs that analyze global issues.


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