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Nuclear Weapons
The Road To Zero



ISBN 9780429040375
December 13, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
344 Pages

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This volume of essays, a map of the road to zero, gives the reader a primer on the current state of nuclear disarmament, provides an up-to-date argument for the merits of a nuclear-weapon-free world, and outlines the steps needed to attain that goal. Its editor is Joseph Rotblat, the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize winner. The volume assesses recent efforts by scholars, military leaders, and political figures in advocating the elimination of nuclear weapons. It brings to focus the major dilemmas of disarmament, including verification, nuclear theft, and diplomatic and security issues; and argues for why these obstacles must be overcome. Finally, a comprehensive review of the steps needed to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world is presented. }Over the past decade the concept of a world free of all nuclear weapons has transformed from a fanciful dream to a subject of serious study and action. Will it be possible for the international community to agree not simply to reduce the number of nuclear weapons to low levels, but to reduce it to zero? This volume of essays, a map of the road to zero, gives the reader a primer on the current state of nuclear disarmament, provides an up-to-date argument for the merits of a nuclear-weapon-free world, and outlines the steps needed to attain that goal. Its editor is Joseph Rotblat, the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize winner. The volume assesses recent efforts by scholars, military leaders, and political figures to advocate the elimination of nuclear weapons. It brings to focus the major dilemmas of disarmament, including verification, nuclear theft, and diplomatic and security issues; and argues for why these obstacles must be overcome. Finally, a comprehensive review of the steps needed to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world is presented. 

Table of Contents

A Nuclear-Weapon-Free World; The Anatomy of the Argument (Michael MccGwire); The Phased Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (Cathleen Fisher); Verifying Nuclear Disarmament (Steve Fetter); Societal Verification (Frank Blackaby); Reducing the Threat of Nuclear Theft (John P. Holdren and Matthew Bunn); Breakout from a Nuclear Weapons Convention (Tom Milne and Joseph Rotblat); * The Road to Zero: Progress and Regress; Progress in Nuclear Weapons Reductions (Thomas B. Cochran, Robert S. Norris, and Christopher E. Paine); Ballistic Missile Defense: Enduring Questions (John Pike); Nuclear Weapon Development Without Nuclear Testing? (Richard L. Garwin and Vadim A. Simonenko); Western Nuclear Doctrine: Changes and Influences (Daniel Plesch); Russian Nuclear Disarmament Dilemmas (Alexander Nikitin); Prospects for Further Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Treaties (Rebecca Johnson); Nuclear Disarmament: Closing the Gaps (Jan Prawitz)

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Joseph Rotbalt is the 1995 Nobel Prize winner for Peace.