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Building a Road to Nuclear Disarmament
Bridging the Gap Between Competing Approaches

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ISBN 9780367673963
July 27, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
150 Pages

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Book Description

This book focuses on comprehending the contemporary global security environment, creating a new roadmap for nuclear disarmament by creating a balance between deterrence supporters and disarmament advocators.

The author identifies the divide between competing approaches such as traditional security-centric aspects and humanity-centered disarmament perspectives, tackling the complex question of how to balance some states’ requirements for effective nuclear deterrence with other states’ long-term desire for a nuclear-free world. The book explores how new technologies such as cyber and AI advances are available to more countries than nuclear technology, and could level the playing field for weaker nuclear weapons states. It also looks into the issues which continue to be obstacles in the way of convincing the nuclear weapon states (NWS) on nuclear disarmament. The author argues that the gap between deterrence supporters and disarmament advocators can be filled by creating a new environment for renewed consensus on achieving a world free of nuclear weapons. This book provides a deeper understanding and critical analysis of how global evolving parallel traditional security and normative trends relating to nuclear weapons can be bridged in order to make the disarmament debate practically achievable.

This volume will be of great interest to students and scholars, researchers, policy makers, NGOs and members of the diplomatic community, in the fields of security studies, strategic studies and nuclear policy.

Table of Contents


1. Nuclear Disarmament: Tracing Lessons from History

2. Competing Approaches: Identifying the Gaps

3. Contemporary Security Environment, New Technologies and Nuclear Disarmament

4. Bridging the Gap: Creating a New Security Environment for Nuclear Disarmament


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Rizwana Abbasi is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies at the National University of Modern Languages in Islamabad, Pakistan. She has taught at many universities in Pakistan, the UK, and the USA. She received her PhD from the University of Leicester, UK, specializing in International Security and Nuclear Non-proliferation. Previous publications include Nuclear Deterrence in South Asia: New Technologies and Challenges to Sustainable Peace (with Zafar Khan, 2019) and Pakistan and the New Nuclear Taboo: Regional Deterrence and the International Arms Control Regime (2012).