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The Challenge of Abolishing Nuclear Weapons

Edited By

David Krieger

ISBN 9781412814904
Published January 15, 2011 by Routledge
308 Pages

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Book Description

In the more than sixty years since the advent of nuclear weapons, there has been little meaningful progress toward nuclear disarmament. Some countries have nuclear weapons, while other states are forbidden to acquire them, a status quo that lacks rational basis and cannot be sustained. In this remarkable collection, scholars and policy analysts argue that humankind has a choice: either allow nuclear weapons to continue to proliferate throughout the world or move toward their complete elimination.

The vast majority of people on the planet would surely opt to abolish nuclear weapons. But decisions about nuclear weapons are not made by the public, but by small groups of political elites. Consequently, in a world with nuclear weapons, the fate of humanity rests in the hands of a small number of individuals, whose perceptions, communications, and judgment determine whether there is to be a future.

The contributors to this volume provide historical perspective on nuclear weapons policy; explore the role of international law in furthering the prospects of nuclear weapons abolition; consider the obstacles to abolition; present a path to achieving a nuclear weapons-free world; and look beyond abolition to consider issues of post-abolition sovereignty and general and complete disarmament. The goal of a nuclear weapons-free world can be awakened by an engaged citizenry bringing pressure from below in demanding action from political leaders. This book contributes to this awakening and engagement.

Table of Contents

List of Acronyms

I. The Challenge of Abolition
1. The Challenge of Abolishing Nuclear Weapons
David Krieger
2. Abolition of Nuclear Weapons:
Political Apathy and a Possible Way Ahead
Laxminarayan Ramdas
3. Abandoning Disarmament? The New
Nuclear Nonproliferation Paradigms
Wade L. Huntley

II. Historical Perspectives
4. Roots of the Upcoming Nuclear Crisis
Daniel Ellsberg
5. The Relationship between Nuclear
Disarmament and Nuclear Nonproliferation
Sverre Lodgaard

III. The Role of International Law
6. International Law, Nuclear Weapons,
and Twenty-First Century Insecurity
Ved P. Nanda
7. Nuclear Weapons and Future Justice
David Krieger

IV. Obstacles to Abolition
8. Putting Nuclear Weapons in Context:
The Hidden Architecture of U.S. Militarism
Jacqueline Cabasso
9. The New U.S. Doctrine of Preemptive
Warfare and Its Implications for Nuclear
Deterrence and Disarmament
Erika Simpson
10. The United States and the Undermining
of the Nonproliferation Regime
Stephen Zunes

V. The Path to a Nuclear Weapon-Free World
11. A Nuclear Weapons Convention: Path
to a Nuclear Weapon-Free World
Jurgen Scheffran
12. The Case for a Nuclear Weapons Convention
Ronald McCoy

VI. Citizen Empowerment
13. Overcoming the Politics of Fear: Citizen
Empowerment and the Abolition of NuclearWeapons
Kevin P. Clements
14. A World Free of Nuclear Weapons
Douglas Roche

VII. Beyond Abolition
15. Sovereignty in a World Free of Nuclear Weapons
Douglas B. Shaw
16. Nuclear Disarmament and General and
Complete Disarmament
Randy Rydell


Appendix A. Confronting the Desire to Arm: Josei
Toda's Declaration for the Abolition of NuclearWeapons
Tatsushi Arai

Appendix B. Remember Your Duty to Humanity:
Joseph Rotblat and Nuclear Weapons Abolition
David Krieger

Appendix C. Thirteen Practical Steps for Nuclear
Disarmament (Excerpt from the Final Document
of the 2000 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference)

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