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.