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The frightening power of nuclear weapons holds out the promise of ultimate security to states. But the presence of nuclear weapons brings with it the risk of possible nuclear accidents, war, and annihilation. This duality of nuclear weapons encompasses the deterrent role supporters believe they play, as well as the global threat they represent to those who seek their elimination.
This book covers the parallel development of nuclear weapons and associated nonproliferation efforts from the beginning of research into atomic fission, through the building of nuclear weapons in the United States and eventually eight other countries (one of which has now dismantled its arsenal). It also reviews current debates surrounding nuclear terrorism, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, and efforts to achieve the total elimination of nuclear weapons while describing the rationale presented by supporters for the continued presence of more than 10,000 deployed strategic warheads. In addition, the book serves as a comprehensive reference on a host of issues related to international nonproliferation treaties and regimes, as well as citizen-based efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons
Publisher: PENTAGON PRESS