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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555874896
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 141

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
1 Nuclear Fission and the Nuclear Bomb 1
Fission as a Source of Energy 1
The Structures of an Atom 1
Obstacles to Fission 2
Neutrons and Plutonium Production 5
The Proliferation Significance of Nuclear Materials 6
The Basics of an Atomic Bomb 6
2 The Nuclear Fuel Cycle 11
The Once-Through Versus Plutonium Fuel Cycles 11
The Fuel Cycle from a Nonproliferation Perspective 12
A Closer Look at Enrichment Technologies 21
3 Nuclear Reactors 25
Reactor Operation and Purposes 25
A Proliferation Analysis of Nuclear Reactors 27
A Taxonomy of Nuclear Reactors 31
4 The History of the Nonproliferation Regime 37
Early Approaches to Nonproliferation 38
Nuclear Promotion Through the Atoms for Peace Program 39
A Broadening Consensus on Nonproliferation 41
The Evolution of Nuclear Export Controls 42
Concern About "Threshold States" 46
New Recruits and New Strength for the Nonproliferation Regime 48
Challenges for the Future 49
5 Legal Structures of the Nonproliferation Regime 53
The Concept of a Regime 53
International Arrangements 54
Regional Arrangements 59
National Legislation 62
Other Structures 64
6 International Safeguards 67
The Evolution of Safeguards 67
General Goals of Safeguards 68
Specific Goals of Safeguards 70
What Is Safeguarded? 70
How Is Safeguarding Carried Out? 73
Safeguarding Authority of the IAEA and Euratom 74
Limits on IAEA Safeguards 74
7 The Politics of Proliferation 79
Is the Spread of Nuclear Weapons Inevitable? 79
Incentives for Developing Nuclear Weapons 80
Disincentives for Developing Nuclear Weapons 81
Options for Nonproliferation Policy 82
8 The 1995 NPT Extension Conference 87
Purpose and Significance of the Conference 87
Options Surrounding Treaty Extension 87
Potential Conference Difficulties 89
What Would Nonrenewal of the Treaty Mean? 90
9 Nations of Proliferation Concern 93
Nuclear and Potential Nuclear States 93
10 Current Challenges to the Nonproliferation Regime 111
The Glut of Fissile Materials 111
Adequacy of Safeguards 112
Nuclear Testing and Nuclear Disarmament 113
Proliferation Potential of the Former Soviet Union 114
Ineffective Implementation of Export Controls 114
Drawing New Participants into the Regime 115
Proliferation of Old Technologies 116
11 Summary 117
On Nuclear Fission 117
On the Nuclear Fuel Cycle 117
On the History of the Nonproliferation Regime 118
On Safeguards 118
On the Politics of Nonproliferation 118
On the NPT Review Conference 118
On Nations of Proliferation Concern 119
On Current Issues in the Nonproliferation Regime 119
Appendix: Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons 121
Further Reading 127
Glossary 131
Index 137
About the Book and the Author 141
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