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Confronting the Specter of Nuclear Terrorism

Confronting the Specter of Nuclear Terrorism

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October 2006 | 202 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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.

Employing several vantage points, this special issue of The ANNALS clarifies and assesses the threat of a nuclear terrorist attack and examines possible solutions for preventing such a catastrophic event. The papers in this volume take a comprehensive historical look at the development of the threat of nuclear terrorism, and assesses how that threat has changed over time.

The highly distinguished list of contributors to this thought-provoking issue provides readers with an authoritative overview of this critical and timely topic. Students, scholars, policymakers, and practitioners will find this collection a valuable resource for understanding the current threat level of nuclear terrorism as well as practical recommendations for reducing the risk of a nuclear terrorist attack.

Graham Allison
Stephen Van Evera
Assessing U.S. Strategy in the War on Terror
Charles B. Curtis
Curbing the Demand for Mass Destruction
Bonnie Jenkins
Combating Nuclear Terrorism: Addressing Non-State Actor Motivations
Sam Nunn
The Race Between Cooperation and Catastrophe: Reducing the Global Nuclear Threat
Robert L. Gallucci
Averting Nuclear Catastrophe: Contemplating Extreme Responses to U.S. Vulnerability
Andrei Kokoshin
A Nuclear Response to Nuclear Terror: Reflections of Nuclear Preemption
Simon Saradzhyan
Russia: Grasping the Reality of Nuclear Terror
William J. Perry
Proliferation on the Peninsula: Five North Korean Nuclear Crises
Micah Zenko
Intelligence Estimates of Nuclear Terrorism
Matthew Bunn
A Mathematical Model of the Risk of Nuclear Terrorism
Siegfried S. Hecker
Toward a Comprehensive Safeguards System: Keeping Fissile Materials Out of Terrorists' Hands
Matthew Bunn and Anthony Weir
Terrorist Nuclear Weapon Construction: How Difficult?
Michael V. Hynes, John E. Peters, and Joel Kvitky
Denying Armageddon: Preventing Terrorist Use of Nuclear Weapons
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ISBN: 9781412950916