Avoiding Nuclear Anarchy: Containing the Threat of Loose Russian Nuclear Weapons and Fissile Material / Edition 1

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Overview

What if the bomb that exploded in Oklahoma City or New York's World Trade Center had used 100 pounds of highly enriched uranium? The destruction would have been far more vast. This danger is not so remote: the recipe for making such a bomb is simple, and soon the ingredients might be easily attained. Thousands of nuclear weapons and hundreds of tons of weapons-grade uranium and plutonium from the weapons complex of the former Soviet Union, poorly guarded and poorly accounted for, could soon leak on to a vast emerging nuclear black market.This study by Graham Allison and three colleagues at Harvard's Center for Science and International Affairs warns that containing the leakage of nuclear materials--and keeping them out of the hands of groups hostile to the United
States--is our nation's highest security priority.As the most open society on a shrinking planet,
the United States has no reliable defense against smuggled weapons fashioned from black-market materials by a determined state or terrorist group. Avoiding Nuclear Anarchy highlights the fact that the only way to combat the threat is by preventing nuclear leakage in the first place. Its message is both timely and urgent: it outlines the new nuclear danger and details how to reshape
U.S. national security policy to deal with these dangers.

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What People Are Saying

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"I cannot think of a more important book.... The time to read it is now." A.M.
Rosenthal, The New York Times

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"Expected to have a profound impact on the nuclear debate inWashington...the most extensive assessment yet of the nucleardangers in the post-cold war world." Financial
Times

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"Avoiding Nuclear Anarchy grapples with one of the most immediate and most pressing threats to U.S. security interests today: the risk of rampant nuclear proliferation fueled by
'nuclear leakage' from the former Soviet Union. There has never been a more important time for this analysis by some of our nation's leading national security specialists. This book deserves to be widely read and carefully considered." Senator Sam Nunn, Democrat, Georgia

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" Avoiding Nuclear Anarchy ... makes a fundamental contributionto understanding and addressing the problems that have come from thebreak-up of the Soviet nuclear arsenal." Rose Gottemoller , Deputy Director, International Institute forStrategic Studies, London

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262510882
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 3/13/1996
  • Series: Belfer Center Studies in International Security , #12
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Owen Coté is Associate Director of the MIT Security Studies Program and Editor of the journal
International Security.

Graham Allison is Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and Director of the Belfer Center for
Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Steven E. Miller is Editor-in-chief of International Security and Director of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Risks of Nuclear Leakage 20
Ch. 2 Stakes: How Nuclear Leakage Threatens U.S. Interests 49
Ch. 3 Response: Inadequacies of American Policy 74
Ch. 4 The Challenge: A Response Commensurate with the Stakes 146
Appendix A. The Russian Nuclear Archipelago 177
Appendix B. A Primer on Fissile Materials and Nuclear Weapon Design 203
Appendix C. The HEU Deal 229
Map: The Russian Nuclear Archipelago 294
About The Center for Science and International Affairs 296
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