Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons / Edition 1

Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons / Edition 1

by Joseph Cirincione
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231135106

ISBN-13: 9780231135108

Pub. Date: 02/20/2007

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Since their inception, nuclear weapons have multiplied at an alarming rate, leaving everyone from policymakers to concerned citizens wondering what it will take to slow, stop, or even reverse their spread. With clarity and expertise, Joseph Cirincione presents an even-handed look at the history of nuclear proliferation and an optimistic vision of its future, providing

Overview

Since their inception, nuclear weapons have multiplied at an alarming rate, leaving everyone from policymakers to concerned citizens wondering what it will take to slow, stop, or even reverse their spread. With clarity and expertise, Joseph Cirincione presents an even-handed look at the history of nuclear proliferation and an optimistic vision of its future, providing a comprehensive survey of the wide range of critical perspectives.

Cirincione begins with the first atomic discoveries of the 1930s and covers the history of their growth all the way to current crisis with Iran. He unravels the science, strategy, and politics that have fueled the development of nuclear stockpiles and increased the chance of a nuclear terrorist attack. He also explains why many nations choose not to pursue nuclear weapons and pulls from this the outlines of a solution to the world's proliferation problem: a balance of force and diplomacy, enforcement and engagement that yields a steady decrease in these deadly arsenals.

Though nuclear weapons have not been used in war since August 1945, there is no guarantee this good fortune will continue. A unique blend of history, theory, and security analysis, Bomb Scare is an engaging text that not only supplies the general reader and student with a clear understanding of this issue but also provides a set of tools policymakers and scholars can use to prevent the cataclysmic consequences of another nuclear attack.

About the Author:
Joseph Cirincione is the Vice President for National Security at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., and teaches at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served as the director for nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and on the professional staff of the Armed Services Committee and the Government Operations Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. One of America's best known weapons experts, he is the co-author of Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats; Universal Compliance: A Strategy for Nuclear Security; and WMD in Iraq: Evidence and Implications. He appears frequently on radio, television and in print.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231135108
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
02/20/2007
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


List of Figures and Tables     vii
Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Building the Bomb     1
Controlling the Bomb     14
Racing with the Bomb     21
Why States Want Nuclear Weapons-and Why They Don't     47
Today's Nuclear World     84
The New U.S. Policy     110
The Good News About Proliferation     125
Nuclear Solutions     139
Afterword: The Shape of Things to Come     158
Notes     183
Glossary     209
Index     219

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