Containing Missile Proliferation: Strategic Technology, Security Regimes, and International Cooperation in Arms Control

Containing Missile Proliferation: Strategic Technology, Security Regimes, and International Cooperation in Arms Control

by Dinshaw Mistry


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Containing Missile Proliferation: Strategic Technology, Security Regimes, and International Cooperation in Arms Control by Dinshaw Mistry

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The proliferation of ballistic missiles that can deliver weapons of mass destruction halfway across the world is a matter of growing urgency and concern, as is the fate of agreements limiting the development of such deadly weapons. The Bush administration’s scrapping of the ABM Treaty and pursuit of a huge National Missile Defense initiative are dramatic evidence of this concern. Yet there remains much uncertainty about the viability of missile defense. If defenses fall short, strong security regimes will be necessary to contain missile proliferation.

Since 1987, more than thirty states have agreed to restrict their transfer of missiles and related technologies under the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). During the MTCR’s first decade, several regional powers were thwarted from advancing their missile ambitions. Subsequently, however, states such as North Korea, Iran, Pakistan, India, and Israel have tested medium-range missiles and others have expanded their missile arsenals.

Dinshaw Mistry critically examines the successes and limitations of the MTCR, and suggests five practical ways to strengthen the regime. The author’s exhaustive research offers new and detailed insights on the technology and politics of missile programs in Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Pakistan, India, Israel, Egypt, South Korea, Taiwan, and other countries. Mistry also shows how international cooperation, security regimes, and U.S. foreign policies of engagement and containment with these states can halt their missile programs.

Mistry’s book is the first comprehensive study of the MTCR and of international efforts to contain missile proliferation. Policymakers, scholars, and the general reader will find this book a valuable contribution to the subjects of arms control, ballistic missile proliferation, multilateral cooperation, and international security regimes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780295985077
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 01/28/2005
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dinshaw Mistry is assistant professor and director of Asian studies at the University of Cincinnati. He has written extensively on technology and politics, regional security, and international cooperation in The New York Times, Security Studies, Contemporary Security Policy, Asian Survey, Pacific Affairs, and other publications.

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAbbreviationsIntroductionRegimes, Technology, Politics, and ProliferationBuilding a Supply-Side RegimeArgentina, Brazil, South AfricaSouth Korea, Taiwan, Arab StatesIsrael, India, PakistanNorth Korea and IranToward a Treaty RegimeConclusionsAppendix: Technical Notes on MissilesNotesIndex

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What People are Saying About This

Scott S. Sagan

This is an important book. Mistry has produced both an authoritative analysis of long—range missile programs in emerging military powers and a creative analysis of the role that arms control agreements can play in constraining those programs.

Stephen Philip Cohen

How do we explain the decline in American and international interest in regimes and treaties to contain weapons of mass destruction and missile delivery systems? Professor Mistry’s book presents a rigorous and detailed answer to this question. Besides providing a wealth of information about the spread of missiles, it offers a sobering analysis of the difficulty in maintaining such regimes, and presents an original explanation of their rise and decline. This book is a must—read for everyone concerned about the proliferation problem, and will be of great value to scholars and policy—makers alike.

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