What are the objectives of the Western countries for bolstering the air defense systems around Iran? What are the consequences of the expansion of these systems for Iran’s national security? During the past years, Western countries, led by the U.S. have been expanding the air defense systems around Iran and have, so far, equipped the Persian Gulf littoral Arab states, Turkey and Israel with the latest air defense systems and are even networking and connecting these systems to each other to reinforce the defense capability. The objective of both providers and receivers is to counter-balance against and confront the missile capability of Iran and as a result, undermine Iran’s deterrence power. This article will review the current situation of the air defense systems around Iran particularly that of NATO’s missile defense shield in Turkey. In the end, the author concludes that attempts by the U.S., Israel and the Arab states for deploying the air defense systems will pose serious threats at various dimensions to Iran’s national security. This threat is particularly serious when it comes to undermining the deterrence capability of Iran.
Discourse: An Iranian Quarterly,Vol. 10, Nos. 3-4, Summer-Fall 2012.
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