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Twenty First Century Weapons Proliferation
Published on: Jan 2001

A decade after Coalition forces targeted Saddam's missile, nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons capabilities, public concern about strategic weapons proliferation has grown. India, Iraq, North Korea, China, and Pakistan have all renewed their efforts to acquire weapons capable of mass destruction. Meanwhile, growing surpluses of weapons-usable materials in the US, Russia, Japan, and Europe have raised the specter of nuclear theft, and with the Tokyo sarin attacks of 1995, the most horrific forms of terrorism.

What should we make of these threats? Are the planned responses of the US and its allies sufficient? Will history ultimately end in a more prosperous, democratic, and peaceful world? In this book, leading national security practioners from the administrations of Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton share their insights. Their analyses, along with those of other experts and the editors of two leading journals terrorism and the Middle East, not only clarify the weapons proliferation threats the US and its friends will face, but suggest what new policies their governments must consider.

Published by:

Frank Cass Publishers

Edited by James M. Ludes and NPEC executive director Henry Sokolski - 2001

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Table of Contents

By John J. Fialka

Introduction: What World Awaits Us?

By NPEC executive director Henry Sokolski

PART I: The Strategic Weapons Proliferation Challenges Ahead

1. Nuclear Proliferation After the Indian and Pakistani Tests
By Victor Gilinsky

2. Terrorism and Weapons of the Apocalypse
By David C. Rapoport

3. The Next Strategic Threat: Advanced Conventional Weapons Proliferation
By Timothy D. Hoyt

PART II: Proliferation: How Appropriate is our Response?

4. What Strategic Weapons Proliferation Will Demand of Us
By  NPEC executive director Henry Sokolski

5. Beyond the Counterproliferation Initiative
By Ashton B. Carter and L. Celeste Johnson

6. Counterproliferation: A Critical Appraisal
By  Thomas Mahnken

7. Getting Back to Basics: Controlling Fissile Materials

By  Frank von Hippel

PART III: Is there a Cause for Optimism?

8. Why a Rich, Democratic and (Perhaps) Peaceful Era is Ahead
By  Henry S. Rowen

9. Muslim Exceptionalism: Why the End of History (and of Proliferation) Will Not Be Easy
By  Daniel Pipes

10. Argentine and Brazilian Nonproliferation: A Democratic Peace?
By  Michael Barletta

11. Proliferation Theory and Nonproliferation Practice
By Peter D. Feaver

The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC), is a 501 (c)3 nonpartisan, nonprofit, educational organization
founded in 1994 to promote a better understanding of strategic weapons proliferation issues. NPEC educates policymakers, journalists,
and university professors about proliferation threats and possible new policies and measures to meet them.
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