1st Edition

Nonproliferation Issues For Weapons of Mass Destruction




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ISBN 9780824753399
Published January 12, 2005 by Routledge
296 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations

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Nonproliferation Issues for Weapons of Mass Destruction provides an understanding of WMD proliferation risks by bridging complex technical and political issues. The text begins by defining the world conditions that foster proliferation, followed by an analysis of characteristics of various classes of WMDs, including nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. It then explores the effectiveness of arms control, discussing current nonproliferation problems, nonproliferation prior to the fall of the USSR, and weapons safeguards.

The book analyzes the future of these weapons, discussing delivery systems and potential use by states, terrorist groups, and individuals. The text concludes with a discussion of what can be done to limit the impact of WMDs. This volume enables a realistic understanding of the relative risks that WMDs present to our way of life.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
The Shifting of Wealth
The Proliferation of Technology
The Change in the Methods of Warfare
The Seeds of Change
Energy and the Volatile Mix
Conclusions
References

WHAT IS A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION?
Nuclear Weapons
Dirty Bomb
Biological Weapons
Chemical Weapons
Conclusions
Appendix 2.1 Parties and Signatories to the Treaty on the
Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons
Appendix 2.2 Parties and Signatories to the Biological Weapons
Convention
References

CHARACTERISTICS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Nuclear Materials
Radioactive Materials
Dirty Bombs
Biological Effects of Radiation
Effects of a Nuclear Explosive
Effects of a Dirty Bomb
Conclusions
Appendix 3.1 Separation Technologies
References

CHARACTERISTICS OF BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS
Biological Agents
Production Equipment and Methods
Uses of Biological Agents as a Weapon
Conclusions
References

CHARACTERISTICS OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS
Chemical Agents
CW Munitions
CW Use by States
CW Use in Terrorism
CW Use by Individuals
Conclusions
References

EFFECTIVENESS OF ARMS CONTROL
Nonproliferation Problems in the Present
Nonproliferation Prior to the Fall of the USSR
Treaties and Their Historical Impact
Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Weapons Safeguards
Conclusions
References

THE FUTURE OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
Nuclear Weapons
Dirty Bombs
Biological Weapons
Chemical Weapons
Oil as a Dominant Force in Proliferation
Conclusions
References

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO LIMIT THE IMPACT OF WMDS?
References

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