Confronting the Specter of Nuclear Terrorism / Edition 1

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Most world leaders agree that nuclear terrorism represents the gravest international security challenge today. Many scholars and practitioners, however, argue that the United States remains ill-prepared to cope with this serious and real threat. What role should the U.S. play in confronting and combating this danger? Is nuclear terrorism preventable? What steps have the U.S. already taken to prevent a nuclear catastrophe and what future steps should the U.S. government take? Esteemed scholars, scientists and policymakers address these crucial questions from all sides – strategic, tactical, ideological, and technical. This special volume of The ANNALS clarifies and assesses that threat of a nuclear terrorist attack and examines possible solutions for preventing such a catastrophic event.

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Preface - Graham Allison
Assessing U.S. Strategy in the War on Terror - Stephen Van Evera
Curbing the Demand for Mass Destruction - Charles B. Curtis
Combating Nuclear Terrorism: Addressing Non-State Actor Motivations - Bonnie Jenkins
The Race Between Cooperation and Catastrophe: Reducing the Global Nuclear Threat - Sam Nunn
Averting Nuclear Catastrophe: Contemplating Extreme Responses to U.S. Vulnerability - Robert L. Gallucci
A Nuclear Response to Nuclear Terror: Reflections of Nuclear Preemption - Andrei Kokoshin
Russia: Grasping the Reality of Nuclear Terror - Simon Saradzhyan
Proliferation on the Peninsula: Five North Korean Nuclear Crises - William J. Perry
Intelligence Estimates of Nuclear Terrorism - Micah Zenko
A Mathematical Model of the Risk of Nuclear Terrorism - Matthew Bunn
Toward a Comprehensive Safeguards System: Keeping Fissile Materials Out of Terrorists' Hands - Siegfried S. Hecker
Terrorist Nuclear Weapon Construction: How Difficult? - Matthew Bunn and Anthony Weir
Denying Armageddon: Preventing Terrorist Use of Nuclear Weapons - Michael V. Hynes, John E. Peters, and Joel Kvitky
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