This purpose of this project is to explore the possibilities and opportunities of regional governance regime for the nuclear fuel cycle in the Middle East. This study argues that a cooperative, regional framework in accordance to international criteria is the ideal solution to the technical, economic, and political challenges confronting the generation of nuclear power generation in the region. The project begins by discussing various existing frameworks for managing the nuclear full cycle, and how they could be applied to the nuclear energy situation in the region. The paper then examines the different obstacles to establishing such a framework in the region, as well as proposing potential solutions. The study concludes by presenting a model for a regional nuclear fuel cycle, which is feasible and sustainable from the viewpoint of nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear security, legal conventions and treaties, international acceptance and assurance of fuel supply. This project presents a number of recommendations to the governments, researchers, regional organizations and non-governmental organizations of how to promote the nuclear energy industry’s measures attributing importance to incentives for the regional cooperation participating countries, and therefore, nuclear security and weapons free zone in the Middle East.


Public Policy & Administration Department

First Advisor

Hodgkins, Allison

Committee Member 1

Awad, Ibrahim

Committee Member 2

Elbahtimy, Hassan


77 p.

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Publication Date

Spring 5-22-2016