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A new push for nuclear power in the Middle East

The start-up of a new reactor in the United Arab Emirates has again trained the spotlight on nuclear capabilities in the Middle East. Outside of Iran’s controversial program, Saudi Arabia’s budding nuclear ambitions could prove the most destabilizing in the region. As its technology advances, Riyadh will soon have to choose between adopting international norms and retaining the flexibility to quickly respond if Tehran develops atomic weapons.

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