Nuclear weapons caused China and the Soviet Union to deal cau- tiously with each other. The author seems relatively complacent about the Iranian program, contrary to other sources who believe it is well-advanced and on the brink of producing a weapon within two or three years. I can break the book down into a Good vs. Quoted in Kamal Matinuddin, The Nuclearization of South Asia Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002 , p. Living with nuclear weapons for over half a century, many people have little appreciation for their immense destructive power and the increasing probability that they will be used in anger or detonated by accident. The Germans did not develop their own bombs. Why, then, do states devote enormous human and financial resources to develop these weapons? Perhaps this book would be useful to those who are completely unfamiliar with this issue, but the treatment that Cirincione gives the subject is far from objective.
Amy McCreath, Coordinator of the Technology and Culture Forum, opens the event, the first in a series on the future of nuclear power, and introduces Joseph Cirincione. Technology: States acquire nuclear weapons because they have the tech- nical ability to do so. He unravels the science, strategy, and politics that have fueled the development of nuclear stockpiles and increased the chance of a nuclear terrorist attack. Robert Oppenheimer chairman , James B. It would seem that a country hostile to the United States could launch such an attack with an impunity that would be inconceivable were the method of delivery a ballistic missile. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. With clarity and expertise, Joseph Cirincione presents an even-handed look at the history of nuclear proliferation and an optimistic vision of its future, providing a co Since their inception, nuclear weapons have multiplied at an alarming rate, leaving everyone from policymakers to concerned citizens wondering what it will take to slow, stop, or even reverse their spread.
I originally picked this up at the library as research for a post-apocalyptic story I am writing. In the words of historian Robert S. Bomb Scare fills in the blank spaces that other books leave. Then, shortly after the troop withdrawal, Nixon made his historic visit to China in February 1972, confirming and accelerating the Sino-American rapprochement. The only countries that have not signed are: Israel, Pakistan, and India.
Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, January 2003, E. Yet, at the end of the day, I found myself reading the same things I've been reading for the last 10 years. The United States, as part of its defensive posture, stationed troops and hundreds of nuclear weapons in and near South Korea. South Africa stepped in at a critical moment to forge a compromise agreement between the nuclear and non-nu- clear weapon states that allowed for the strengthening and indefinite extension of the treaty, to the applause of all the attending nations. Once the technology is in hand, or seems fairly easy to acquire, it becomes much more difficult for national leaders to resist the entreaties of the military, industrial, or scientific proponents of new and better weapons. Wolfsthal, and Miriam Rajkumar, Dead- ly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats Washing- ton, D.
House of Representatives on the professional staff of the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Government Operations. These ideas a supported with examples, graphs, and general evidence. Four months after the Soviet atomic test ended the U. Another often-neglected cost of nuclear weapons is envi- ronmental. The Hiroshima bomb gun barrel weighed about 1,000 lbs. For fear of escalation nuclear states do not want to fight long and hard over important interests—indeed, they do not want to fight at all. He unravels the science, strategy, and politics that have fueled the development of nuclear stockpiles and increased the chance of a nuclear terrorist attack.
Waltz, The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: A Debate Renewed New York: Norton, 2003. He has served as a senior vice president for national security at the Center for American Progress, the director for nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and on the professional staff of the Armed Services Committee and the Government Operations Committee in the U. As Senator Brien McMahon D-Conn. Internet Bookwatch, June 2007, review of Bomb Scare. This book reviews the history of nuclear weapons and nonproliferation agreements and offers some solutions to the threat of nuclear terrorism as well as ideas to address lack of security of the nuclear fuel supply and preventing the development of new nuclear-weapon states. The problem is that while these actions are indeed necessary they are certainly not sufficient to produce the intended outcome.
Cited in Schwartz, Atomic Audit, p. One of these is the opportunity cost—what the state could otherwise be doing with the resources poured into the nuclear program. Though nuclear weapons have not been used in war since August 1945, there is no guarantee this good fortune will continue. Still, the American choice can be understood indepen- dent of the theory of technological determinism. But there are many cases that cannot be explained by security imperatives alone. Cirincione begins with the first atomic discoveries of the 1930s and covers the history of their growth all the way to current crisis with Iran.
The author seems relatively complacent about the Iranian program, contrary to other sources who believe it is well-advanced and on the brink of producing a weapon within two or three years. Economic conditions were appalling, with the inflation rate running at 90 percent per month. Beginning with the atomic discoveries of the 1930s, Joseph Cirincione unravels the science, strategy, and politics that have fueled the development of nuclear stockpiles and increased the chance of a nuclear terrorist attack. Cirincione, Wolfsthal, and Rajkumar, Deadly Arsenals, pp. To convince political leaders that nuclear weapons are beneficial, bureaucratic actors must de- emphasize the budget strains incurred by such a program. Today, with few or no nuclear missions to defend, many Army, Marine, and Navy leaders see nuclear weapons and their delivery systems as draining limited resources that could be used for other criti- cal conventional needs. He also explains why many nations choose not to pursue nuclear weapons and pulls from this the outlines of a solution to the world's proliferation problem: a balance of force and diplomacy, enforcement and engagement that yields a steady decrease in these deadly arsenals.
Unknown to Kennedy and his advisors, there were already nuclear weapons in Cuba and on board the submarines sent along with the merchant ships. The most important actor in this battle, Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, quickly positioned himself against a nuclear weapons program. Countries that provide such services would get revenue. He is the author of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons Columbia University Press, Spring 2007 , Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats Second Edition, 2005 , and co-author of Universal Compliance: A Strategy for Nuclear Security March 2005. Kiev had retained between 4,500 and 6,300 nuclear weapons deployed on its territory during the Cold War. He unravels the science, strategy, and politics that have fueled the development of nuclear stockpiles and increased the chance of a nuclear terrorist attack.