Nuclear Weapons and Nonproliferation
A Reference Handbook, 2nd Edition
When it was first published, Nuclear Weapons and Nonproliferation provided an urgently needed analysis of the history and current events in nuclear armament and disarmament around the globe. But in just a few short years, developments in Asia, the Middle East, and South Asia have produced some of the most serious nuclear challenges ever faced by the United States and the international community.
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An updated edition of ABC-CLIO's classic reference book on nuclear arms programs and proliferation in nations around the world.
Fully updated and revised since its initial publication, Nuclear Weapons and Nonproliferation, Second Edition explores all key issues related to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and efforts to curb them, from the U.S. atomic bomb project during World War II to current debates on nuclear terrorism, North Korea's nuclear test, and Iran's enrichment program.
Nuclear Weapons and Nonproliferation, Second Edition clarifies weapons-related policy debates from both U.S. and international perspectives, offering a detailed look at current technologies, arsenals, weapons tests, and nonproliferation efforts. Readers will find expert analysis of such crucial recent events as Libya's disarmament, the failed WMD search in Iraq, A.Q. Khan's nuclear technology black market, "dirty bombs," developments in North Korea and Iran, and the U.S. plan to aid India's nuclear program—plus recent progress (or lack thereof) on a range of treaties and initiatives.
- Primary documents include an excerpt from the 1945 U.S. report on the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the text of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and the UN resolution sanctioning North Korea for its nuclear test
A detailed and updated chronology highlights major events between 1939–2007 pertaining to the buildup of nuclear weapons and the efforts to control and dismantle them
- Explains current U.S. policies on the deterrent and military roles of nuclear weapons and on the steps that U.S. and international organizations are taking to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and materials
Analyzes both U.S. and international perspectives on the important debates over nuclear proliferation, arms control, terrorism, health and environmental implications, and other issues related to nuclear weapons
Includes biographical sketches of 21 important individuals involved with nuclear weapons technologies, including international scientists, spies, antinuclear activists, policymakers, and military officials
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Nuclear Weapons and Nonproliferation: A Reference Handbook, Second Edition
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Background and History
Early Scientific Developments
Military Uses of Nuclear Fission
U.S. Use of Atomic Weapons Against Imperials Japan
Early Efforts to Control Nuclear Weapons
Expanding the Nuclear Club and Weapon Arsenals
Renewed Efforts at Control Under Eisenhower
Development of Delivery Systems: Bombers, Missiles, and Submarines
Efforts to Halt Atmospheric Nuclear Testing
The Cuban Missile Crisis and the Limited Test Ban Treaty
New Nuclear Powers and the Evolution of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
The Early 1970s: Détente and the Beginnings of the U.S.-Soviet Nuclear Arms Control
Efforts to Halt Horizontal Proliferation to New Countries
The Late 1970s and 1980s: From Arms-Racing to Negotiated Reductions
New Threats to the Nonproliferation Regime: Iraq and North Korea
Successes in International Nonproliferation Efforts in the Early to Mid-1990s
New Threats to the Nonproliferation Regime: The Late 1990s to March 2003
Post-Iraqi Invasion Nonproliferation Efforts
Chapter 2: Problems, Controversies, and Solutions
Nuclear Weapons and Their Role During the Cold War
What Is the Role of Nuclear Weapons Today?
Are Nuclear Weapons Safe?
How Many Nuclear Weapons are "Enough"?
How Serious Is the Threat of Nuclear Terrorism?
Environmental and Health Effects of Nuclear Weapon Production
Why Haven't Nuclear Weapons Spread to More Countries?
The Debate on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
Civilian Nuclear Energy Promotion Versus Nonproliferation Goals
Efforts to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons
Chapter 3: Special U.S. Issues
The Status of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex
U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy
Treaties and Verification
U.S. Missile Defenses and Efforts to Defend against Nuclear Attacks
Intelligence and Nuclear Nonproliferation and Counterproliferation
U.S. Policy toward New Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones
U.S. Public Opinion and Nuclear Weapons
Conclusion: U.S. Politics and Nonproliferation
Chapter 4: Chronology
Chapter 5: Biographical Sketches
Bhabha, Homi Jehangir
Caldicott, Helen Broinowski
Groves, General Leslie
Khan, Abdul Qadeer
Nie Rongzhen, Marshal
Oppenheimer, J. Robert
Strauss, Lewis L.
Chapter 6: Facts, Data, and Documents
Nuclear Materials and Technologies
Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Weapons: An Introductory Guide
Worldwide Nuclear Weapon Stockpiles
Letter from Albert Einstein to President Roosevelt
The U.S. Military Order to Drop the Atomic Bomb on Japan
Official U.S. Report on the Atomic Bomb's Effects in Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The Founding Document of the Nonproliferation Regime: The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
The U.S.-Russian Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty (Moscow Treaty, 2001)
United Nations Resolution 1540 (2004)
UN Sanctions on North Korea for Nuclear Test (2006)
Chapter 7: Directory of Organizations
U.S. Government Agencies
Chapter 8: Print and Nonprint Resources
Nuclear Weapons Issues: United States
Nuclear Weapons Programs: Worldwide
Nuclear Weapons Proliferation and Nonproliferation: General Topics
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