The enormous potential for destruction that lies latent in nuclear technology inevitably gives rise to the possibility of nuclear terrorism—the use of nuclear explosives or radioactivity by insurgent groups. Professor Beres considers the factors that might foster such terrorism, the forms it might take, and the probable consequences of each form. He then identifies a coherent strategy of counternuclear terrorism, one that embraces both technological and behavioral measures, that suggests policies for deterrence and situation management on both national and international levels, and that points toward a major refashioning of world order.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Understanding Nuclear Terrorism -- The Specter of Nuclear Terrorism: An Overview -- The Etiology of Nuclear Terrorism: Five Harbingers -- Nuclear Terrorism: Forms and Effects -- Preventing Nuclear Terrorism -- Introduction -- Hardening the Target: Physical Security and Nonproliferation -- Softening the Adversary: Behavioral Strategies -- Redefining National Interests: Planetization and Freedom from Nuclear Terrorism
Louis RenÃ© Beres, associate professor of political science at Purdue University, has lectured and published extensively on the subject of nuclear terrorism. His most recent books include Planning Alternative World Futures: Values, Methods, and Models and Apocalypse: Nuclear Catastrophe in World Politics.