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There is growing interest world wide in nuclear-free zones. Originally published in 1987, this book explores the question of what constitutes a nuclear-free zone and charts the progress of the movement to establish them. The book shows how definitions of nuclear-free zones vary from those intended to exclude everything nuclear (including nuclear power installations and the dumping of nuclear waste) to those aiming to exclude nuclear weapons in a limited way. Special attention is paid to the three treaties which have established major international nuclear-free zones, (Latin America, South Pacific, Antarctica) examining their strengths and weaknesses as well as areas where the idea has been proposed (Balkans, Africa). The book concludes with a review of problems and prospects for the future.
Table of Contents
Preface Alexandre Berenstein 1. Nuclear-Free Zones: An Idea Whose Time Has Come David Pitt 2. Antarctica as a Nuclear-Free Zone Ramesh Thakur and Hyam Gold 3. The Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America Alfonso Garcia Robies 4. The Treaty of Rarotonga: The South Pacific Nuclear-Free Zone Ramesh Thakur 5. Regional Arms Control in the South Pacific Greg Fry 6. For a Nuclear-Free Europe Ken Coates 7. The Quest for a Balkan Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zone Peri Pamir 8. A Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Africa? William Epstein 9. Nuclear-Free Zones: Problems and Prospects Ken Coates. Conclusion Gordon Thompson. About the Editors and Contributors. About the Sponsoring Organisations. Index.
David Pitt, Gordon Thompson