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1st Edition

Handbook of Nuclear Proliferation

Edited By

Harsh V Pant

ISBN 9781857438024
Published May 21, 2015 by Routledge
376 Pages

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Book Description

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


  1. Introduction
  2. Part I

    Thematic Issues

  3. Nuclear Deterrence: Enduring Relevance but Growing Need For Re-Evaluation
  4. Chris Hobbs and Matthew Harries

  5. Nuclear Energy and Proliferation: Potent Mix
  6. Henry Sokolski

  7. Non-Proliferation and Counter-Proliferation: Necessary, Complementary and Often Interchangeable Concepts
  8. Mark Fitzpatrick

  9. Nuclear Weapons and Non-State Actors: The Evolving Threat of Nuclear Terrorism
  10. Paul Wilkinson

  11. The Nuclear Taboo
  12. Nina Tannenwald

    Part II

    The Five Nuclear Powers

  13. The United States: Setting the Stage for Disarmament
  14. James J. Wirtz

  15. Russia: Arms Control, Deterrence, and Proliferation in Contemporary Russian Thinking
  16. Stephen Blank

  17. The United Kingdom: A Conflicted Nuclear Weapon State
  18. Paul Ingram and Michael Collins

  19. France: A Non-Exceptional Nuclear Policy
  20. Corentin Brustlein

  21. China: A Deterrence Paradox
  22. Jonathan Holslag

    Part III

    De-Factor Nuclear States

  23. India: The (Accepted) Gatecrasher
  24. Chris Ogden

  25. Pakistan: The Politics of Nuclear Force Building
  26. Bhumitra Chakma

  27. Israel: Origins and Implications of Nuclear Ambiguity
  28. Arielle Kandel

    Part IV

    The ‘Problem’ States

  29. Iran: From Power Generation to Weapons Proliferation?
  30. Anoush Ehteshami

  31. North Korea: An Isolationist Nuclear State
  32. Balbina Hwang

    Part V

    The ‘Threshold’ States

  33. South Africa: Disarmament Trendsetter
  34. Stephen Burgess

  35. Japan: Between Pacifism and Pragmatism
  36. Takenori Horimoto

  37. Egypt: Flirtations, Frustration and Future Uncertainty

    Maria Rost Rublee
  38. Part VI

    The Global Non-Proliferation Regime

  39. The Non-Proliferation Treaty
  40. Mark Hilborne

  41. The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty: Foundations, Context, and Outlook
  42. Dean Knox

  43. A Cut-Off of Production of Weapon-Usable Fissionable Material: Considerations, Requirements, and IAEA Capabilities
  44. Tariq Rauf

  45. Trends in Missile Defense and Space Security: Challenging Non-Proliferation Priorities
  46. Bharath Gopalaswamy

  47. The US-India Nuclear Deal: Great Power Politics Versus Non-Proliferation
  48. Harsh V. Pant

  49. Nuclear Disarmament and Nuclear Proliferation: A Complicated Relationship
  50. Tom Sauer

  51. The Future: A Cautious Prognosis

          Malcolm Davis



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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).