Bionanotechnology and Iran

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Title: Bionanotechnology and Iran
Author: Basandra, Nikita ; Kosal, Margaret E.
Abstract: The paper will explore the international security connections of Iran's bionanotechnology research and development programs, infrastructure, and capabilities emphasizing the biomedical engineering applications. The work seeks to develop models of strategic interaction to assess the prospective implications of the nanotechnology revolution for international conflict and cooperation. Pathways and indicators of bio-nanotechnology research and development, which focuses on the distribution of opportunities and potential to pursue (intent) offensive versus defensive applications will be investigated. This research will integrate traditional social science comparative case study and scenario methodologies with semi-quantitative network analysis and technical security studies analysis. Technically robust scenarios will be used to illustrate the potential malfeasant cooption of nanotechnology. Models to identify and delineate technical and non-technical factors (e.g., structural conditions, norms, institutional capabilities) related to bio-nanotechnology will be explored. How bio-nanotechnology, as a representative emerging technology, reconciles with or challenges the predominant theories explaining the role of technology in defense strategy and current models of state-based WMD proliferation, e.g., balance of power/balance of threat, offense-defense, strategic security, deterrence, and constructivist theories, will also be examined. Inter-disciplinary research and analysis will provide novel systematic insight into the dimensions and significance of nanotechnology for changing the character of conflict and strategic stability in the global system.
Description: Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy 2009 This presentation was part of the session : Achieving National and Global Goals
Type: Proceedings
Date: 2009-10-03
Contributor: Georgia Institute of Technology. Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology. School of International Affairs
Relation: ACSIP09. Achieving National and Global Goals
Publisher: Georgia Institute of Technology
Subject: Iran
Threat anticipation
Science innovation

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