Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction The Future of International Nonproliferation Policy

ISBN-10: 0820332216
ISBN-13: 9780820332215
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 1/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

The spread of weapons of mass destruction poses one of the greatest threats to international peace and security in modern times-the specter of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons looms over relations among many countries. The September 11 tragedy and other terrorist attacks have been painful warnings about gaps in nonproliferation policies and regimes, specifically with regard to nonstate actors. In this volume, experts in nonproliferation studies examine challenges faced by the international community and propose directions for national and international policy making and lawmaking. The first group of essays outlines the primary threats posed by WMD proliferation and terrorism. Essays in the second section analyze existing treaties and other normative regimes, including the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Chemical Weapons and Biological Weapons Conventions, and recommend ways to address the challenges to their effectiveness. Essays in part three examine the shift some states have made away from nonproliferation treaties and regimes toward more forceful and proactive policies of counterproliferation, such as the Proliferation Security Initiative, which coordinates efforts to search and seize suspect shipments of WMD-related materials.

Foreword
Introduction: Nonproliferation at a Crossroads
Framing the Issues
Dealing with Proliferation and Terrorism Involving WMD
WMD Terrorism
Nonproliferation Treaties and Regimes
The Future of the NPT
Chemical and Biological Weapons
WMD Inspection and Verification Regimes: Political and Technical Challenges
Trade Controls and International Security
Counterproliferation
The Proliferation Security Initiative
Force, Preemption, and WMD Proliferation
International Legal Responses to WMD Proliferation
Regional and Country Issues
The Role of the European Union in WMD Nonproliferation
South Asia and the Nonproliferation Regime
China's Changing Approach to Nonproliferation
North Korea's Nuclear Weapons Program to 2015: Three Scenarios
The Iranian Nuclear Program
U.S.-Russia Cooperative Nonproliferation
Russia's Nuclear Security Culture
Bibliography
Contributor Biographies
Index

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