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Security Without Nuclear Weapons? Different Perspectives on Non-nuclear Security

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Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN 0-19-829143-4
296 pp.
This book examines the question: is the elimination of nuclear weapons politically feasible and technically practical? With the end of the cold war, a re-thinking of the nuclear foundations of international security is imperative. There are no compelling reasons to perpetuate a cold war era nuclear security approach. Neither is the world ready to abolish nuclear weapons by agreement. What it is ready for, however, is a radical reappraisal of conventional strategic and disarmament wisdom.

The book's explicit focus on non-nuclear security takes issue with prevailing pro- and anti-nuclear views. The study challenges the assumptions of the strategic community that there is no alternative to nuclear security in an anarchic international system, and of the advocates of radical nuclear disarmament who propose solutions at the expense of security. Instead, the contributors argue that nuclear weapons abolition should be seen as a long-term process, pursued on a broad political front, aimed at a steady transformation of international politics that encourages security co-operation between states. Individual chapters of the book address the major conceptual, technical, and economic issues in the design of a non-nuclear security regime. Other chapters explore more specialized issues as they relate to the feasibility of the elimination of nuclear weapons: elite perceptions and the decision-making process, verification, nuclear proliferation, fissile materials and warheads, alliances and regional hegemonies, and deterrence.


1. Introduction

Regina Cowen Karp

2. Beyond nuclearism

Ken Booth and Nicholas J. Wheeler

3. Towards non-nuclear security: Costs, benefits, requisites

Erwin Häckel

4. Legal issues concerning the feasibility of nuclear weapon elimination

Julie Dahlitz

5. Thinking about no nuclear forces: Technical and strategic constraints on transitions and end-points

Paul C. White, Robert E. Pendley and Patrick J. Garrity

6. Verification of nuclear weapon elimination

Patricia M. Lewis

Appendix 6A. Tagging for verification

7. Nuclear weapon elimination: Fissile material and warheads

Frank von Hippel

8. The end of superpower nuclear arms control?

Lynn Eden

9. Nuclear proliferation and the elimination of nuclear weapons

George H. Quester

10. The role of hegemonies and alliances

Harald Müller

11. Minimum deterrence and nuclear abolition

Nicholas Wheeler