|Should Iran arm itself with nuclear weaponry, could that wind up having as big an impact or a bigger impact on Central Asia countries than on the Arab Middle East?
I haven't kept track lately but Kazakstan did have a large inventroy of nuclear weapons (probably on missles). I am not sure about Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan or Kirgizistan.
What are the chances Iran would hook up with neighboring C.A. republics in a military/political/economic alliance? Sooner or later Iran would have to be at cross purposes with Russia and Iran might see an interest in encouraging the conversion of CA states to mullah-ocracies.
Turkey might qualify as a CA state of sorts. Its participation in Nato notwithstanding, how would Turkey respond to nukes in Iran particularly if there is some sort of hegemonistic ambition with Iran?
Is the US inadvertantly preparing the way for Iran through its involvement in the region by allowing itself to take the appearance of, at least to some extent, aggressiveness?