Journal of
Public Administration and Policy Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Public Adm. Policy Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2480
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPAPR
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 151

Full Length Research Paper

Which way to Tehran? Pre-emptive air strike, cumulative diplomacy, technical isolation and the Iranian nuclear crises

Henry U. Ufomba1* and Robert O. Dode2
  1Department of Politics, International Relations and European Studies, Loughborough University, Leichestershire, LE11 3TU, United Kingdom. 2Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.
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  •  Accepted: 12 April 2010
  •  Published: 31 May 2010



The issue of nuclear proliferation and its impact on the security of humanity remains the critical focus of policies and scholarships on international security since the decade following World War II. Thus, it is within this context that the Iranian nuclear programme has received so much resistance by Washington despite the lack of proof that the former been a signatory of the non-proliferation treaty has a nuclear military agenda. While scholars and policymakers have called for a pre-emptive air strike to cripple the Iranian nuclear facilities, or at least a diplomatic headway, this paper takes a divergent path. Making a technical analysis of the Iranian nuclear programme, this paper concludes that the crisis can best be solved through what it refers to as ‘technical isolation’.


Key words: Technical isolation, preemptive air strike, cumulative diplomacy, nucleartechnology, WMD.