1st Edition

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

By Rizwana Abbasi Copyright 2022
    156 Pages
    by Routledge

    156 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book while comprehending the contemporary global security environment, offers 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 Artificial Intelligence 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 on nuclear disarmament presented in this volume. The author argues that the gap between states' security needs and disarmament aspirations can be bridged by building a new roadmap and creating new security environment.

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


    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



    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 United Kingdom, and the United States of America. 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).