Globalization and WMD Proliferation: Terrorism, Transnational Networks and International Security / Edition 1

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This edited volume explores the relationship between the accelerating process of globalization and the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, which is increasingly seen as the pre-eminent threat to international security.

The proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction has traditionally been seen as a function of the 'security dilemma' in the state-based international system. But the advent of the nuclear supply network pieced together by the Pakistani scientist A. Q. Khan represented a departure from this model, involving a variety of organizations not directly connected to a state. This volume assembles an international group of experts in order to assess the relationship between proliferation and globalization to ascertain how contemporary communication, transportation and financial networks are facilitating or constraining trade in dangerous contraband. The book ultimately seeks to determine whether globalization is fundamentally altering the nature of the proliferation problem, particularly the threat that Weapons of Mass Destruction might fall into the hands of terrorists.

This book will be of much interest to students of nuclear proliferation, international security, terrorism and IR in general.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415433945
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/17/2008
  • Series: Routledge Global Security Studies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

James A. Russell is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.

James J. Wirtz is Professor of Strategy in the Department of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.

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Table of Contents

1. WMD Proliferation, Globalization and International Security: Whither the Nexus and National Security James A. Russell 2. Globalization and Nuclear Proliferation H.H. Gaffney 3. Proliferation Networks in Theory and Practice Alexander H. Montgomery 4. Globalization and WMD Proliferation Networks John P. Caves, Jr. 5. The A.Q. Khan Illicit Nuclear Trade Network and Implications for Nonproliferation Efforts David Albright and Corey Hinderstein 6. Near-Term Threats of Chemical Weapons Terrorism Margaret E. Kosal 7. Constituency Constraints on Violence: al-Qaeda and WMD William W. Browne III 8. Organized Crime, Terrorism and Nuclear Trafficking Lyudmila Zaitseva 9. Globalization and WMD Proliferation Networks: The Case of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles as Terrorist Weapons Dennis M. Gormley 10. Intelligence and Nuclear Proliferation: Understanding and Probing Complexity Phil Williams 11. Conclusion James J. Wirtz

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