A comprehensive exploration of how national and state security policy is effected by the production, storage, transportation, safeguarding, export and use of enriched uranium - and, by extension, plutonium. A wide range of geopolitical, security and technical issues are examined, as are the challenges presented to national and global governance. This book contributes to a new understanding of one of the most serious security implications inherent in the current rapid growth in nuclear power generation. It assesses attempts made to deal with the latent dangers to Homeland Security posed by potential misuse of enriched uranium and plutonium, considering both the chances for success, and the costs of failure.
'…reflects on the forty years of nuclear history since the NPT and argues that the world must have a rules-based nuclear order and one in which enriched uranium and plutonium can be guaranteed by international cooperation to the growing number of countries that are turning to nuclear power. Herein lies an important response to climate change, terrorism and weapons proliferation.' Wayne Reynolds, Newcastle University, Australia