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
The Shifting of Wealth
The Proliferation of Technology
The Change in the Methods of Warfare
The Seeds of Change
Energy and the Volatile Mix
WHAT IS A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION?
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
CHARACTERISTICS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Biological Effects of Radiation
Effects of a Nuclear Explosive
Effects of a Dirty Bomb
Appendix 3.1 Separation Technologies
CHARACTERISTICS OF BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS
Production Equipment and Methods
Uses of Biological Agents as a Weapon
CHARACTERISTICS OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS
CW Use by States
CW Use in Terrorism
CW Use by Individuals
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
THE FUTURE OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
Oil as a Dominant Force in Proliferation
WHAT CAN BE DONE TO LIMIT THE IMPACT OF WMDS?