At the Nuclear Precipice: Catastrophe or Transformation? / Edition 1

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This book focuses on an even more urgent and “inconvenient truth” than global warming. At the nuclear precipice, humanity’s choices are catastrophe or transformation. This book explores the present nuclear predicament, and how to step away from the precipice and assure humanity’s future. It examines the intersections between international law and national policies; and between nuclear proliferation, nuclear terrorism and nuclear disarmament. The book offers a way out if policy makers of leading countries can summon the vision and political will to move in a new direction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230608955
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/14/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Falk is Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus at Princeton University and for the last six years has been a visiting professor at the Santa Barbara campus of the University of California. He is Chair of the Board of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and author of several books.

David Krieger is a founder of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and has served as President of the Foundation since 1982. He has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Asia on issues of peace, security, international law, and the abolition of nuclear weapons. He is a councilor of the World Future Council and chair of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility.

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Table of Contents


Foreword: Illegal in Any Circumstances Whatsoever, Douglas Roche
• Preface: The Human Right to a Nuclear Weapon-Free World, Mairead Corrigan Maguire
• Introduction, Richard Falk and David Krieger
• Part I At the Nuclear Precipice
• Sleepwalking Into Our Century of Last Opportunity, Christopher G. Weeramantry
• Still Standing at the Nuclear Precipice after All These Years: Why? Jacqueline Cabasso
• Part II Nuclear Weapons and International Law
• Non-Proliferation Treaty Illusions and International Lawlessness, Richard Falk
• U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy and International Law, Thomas Graham, Jr.
• The “Inalienable Right” to Peaceful Nuclear Power: A Recipe for Chaos, Alice Slater, Part III Nuclear Weapons Policy, Rethinking U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy, Michael D. Intriligator
• NATO Nuclear Weapons: The International Face of U.S. Nuclear Policy, Matthew Martin
• Ending Nuclear Terrorism: By America and Others, Daniel Ellsberg
• At the Nuclear Precipice: Iran, Asli Ü. Bâli
• Nuclear Dangers and Challenges to a New Nuclear Policy, David Krieger
• Part IV A New Direction
• Roadmaps to Disarmament: A Strategy for the Second Nuclear Era, Wade L. Huntley
• Strengthening International Security through International Law, Jürgen Scheffran
• Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe: Where Do We Go from Here? Mohamed ElBaradei
• Part V Stepping Back from the Precipice
• Turning Away from the Nuclear Precipice, David Krieger
• Nuclear Weapons, War, and the Discipline of International Law, Richard Falk
• Where We Stand: A Dialogue, David Krieger and Richard Falk *Appendix A: The Russell-Einstein Manifesto Issued in London, 9 July 1955
• Appendix B: Abolition 2000 Statement
• Appendix C: The Rome Declaration of Nobel Peace Laureates—The 7th World Summit of Nobel Laureates, November 19, 2006
• Appendix D: Nagasaki Appeal 2006, October 23, 2006
• Appendix E: Lecture at Princeton University, November 28, 2006, Kofi A. Annan
• Appendix F: The Power of Place—Citizens and Elected Officials Uniting to Create a Nuclear Weapon-Free World, Pamela S. Meidell

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