Best Of Intentions / Edition 1

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Overview

Although the United States efforts to prevent the spread of strategic weapons have varied significantly since 1945, they all presumed to be avoiding one or another type of strategic war. To the extent their military scenarios were sound, so too were the nonproliferation remedies these initiatives promoted. But, as Sokolski demonstrates, the obverse was also true--when these intiatives' military hopes and fears were mistaken, their nonproliferation recommendations also missed their mark.

What is the best hope for breaking out of this box and securing a higher rate of nonproliferation success? The United States must base nonproliferation policies less on insights concerning strategic military trends and more on the progressive economic and political trends that have increased the number of relatively peaceful, prosperous, liberal democracies. For the proliferating nations that are exceptions to this trend, the U.S. and its allies need to devise ways of competing that will encourage these governments to expend more energies shoring up their weaknesses and eventually giving way to less militant regimes. A major resource for students and military professionals interested in arms control and international relations.

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Sokolski directs the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center and was an adviser in the early 1990s to then Defense Secretary Dick Cheney. His history focuses on the logic and intent of nuclear nonproliferation initiatives<-->including the Baruch Plan, the Atoms for Peace Program, and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty<-->to compare what each hoped to achieve with what they actually accomplished. He explores what worked, what didn't, and why in an effort to provide signposts for how policies can do better in the future. He writes that his analysis is intended for lay readers as well as students and teachers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275972899
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

HENRY D. SOKOLSKI is Executive Director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface: Why a Nonproliferation History?
Acknowledgments
1 The First Half Century 1
2 The Baruch Plan 13
3 Atoms for Peace 25
4 The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty 39
5 Proliferation Technology Control Regimes 63
6 Counterproliferation 87
7 The Nest Campaign 101
App. I The Baruch Plan, Presented to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission, June 14, 1946 115
App. II President Eisenhower's Address Before the General Assembly of the United Nations on the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, December 8, 1953 123
App. III Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons 131
App. IV Multilateral Export Control Regimes: Membership and Related Websites 137
App. V Remarks by Honorable Les Aspin, Secretary of Defense, National Academy of Sciences Committee on International Security and Arms Control, December 7, 1993 141
Selected Bibliography 147
Index 157
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