The Handbook of Nuclear Proliferation delves deep into the changing global nuclear landscape. The chapters document the increasing complexity of the global nuclear proliferation dynamic and the inability of the international community to come to terms with a rapidly changing strategic milieu. The future, in all likelihood, will be very different from the past, and the chapters in this volume develop a framework that aids a better understanding of the forces that will shape the nuclear proliferation debate in the years to come.
- Part I examines the major thematic issues underlying the contemporary discourse on nuclear proliferation.
- Part II gives an overview of the evolving nuclear policies of the five established nuclear powers: the USA, Russia, the United Kingdom, France and the People's Republic of China.
- Part III looks at the three de facto nuclear states: India, Pakistan and Israel.
- Part IV examines two `problem states' in the proliferation matrix today: Iran and North Korea.
- Part V sheds light on an important issue often ignored during discussions of nuclear proliferation – cases where states have made a deliberate policy choice of either renouncing their nuclear weapons programme, or have decided to remain a threshold state. The cases of South Africa, Egypt and Japan will be the focus of this section.
Part VI, will examine the present state of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime, which most observers agree is currently facing a crisis of credibility. The three pillars of this regime – the NPT, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty – will be analyzed.
Table of Contents
- Nuclear Deterrence: Enduring Relevance but Growing Need For Re-Evaluation
- Nuclear Energy and Proliferation: Potent Mix
- Non-Proliferation and Counter-Proliferation: Necessary, Complementary and Often Interchangeable Concepts
- Nuclear Weapons and Non-State Actors: The Evolving Threat of Nuclear Terrorism
- The Nuclear Taboo
- The United States: Setting the Stage for Disarmament
- Russia: Arms Control, Deterrence, and Proliferation in Contemporary Russian Thinking
- The United Kingdom: A Conflicted Nuclear Weapon State
- France: A Non-Exceptional Nuclear Policy
- China: A Deterrence Paradox
- India: The (Accepted) Gatecrasher
- Pakistan: The Politics of Nuclear Force Building
- Israel: Origins and Implications of Nuclear Ambiguity
- Iran: From Power Generation to Weapons Proliferation?
- North Korea: An Isolationist Nuclear State
- South Africa: Disarmament Trendsetter
- Japan: Between Pacifism and Pragmatism
- Egypt: Flirtations, Frustration and Future Uncertainty Maria Rost Rublee
- The Non-Proliferation Treaty
- The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty: Foundations, Context, and Outlook
- A Cut-Off of Production of Weapon-Usable Fissionable Material: Considerations, Requirements, and IAEA Capabilities
- Trends in Missile Defense and Space Security: Challenging Non-Proliferation Priorities
- The US-India Nuclear Deal: Great Power Politics Versus Non-Proliferation
- Nuclear Disarmament and Nuclear Proliferation: A Complicated Relationship
- The Future: A Cautious Prognosis
Chris Hobbs and Matthew Harries
The Five Nuclear Powers
James J. Wirtz
Paul Ingram and Michael Collins
De-Factor Nuclear States
The ‘Problem’ States
The ‘Threshold’ States
The Global Non-Proliferation Regime
Harsh V. Pant
Harsh V. Pant is Reader in International Relations at King’s College London in the department of Defence Studies. He is also an associate with the King’s Centre for Science and Security Studies and affiliate with the King’s India Institute. His current research is focused on Asian security issues. His most recent books include Contemporary Debates in Indian Foreign and Security Policy (Palgrave Macmillan), The China Syndrome (HarperCollins), and The US-India Nuclear Pact: Policy, Process, and Great Power Politics (Oxford University Press).