Nuclear Insecurity

Author: Jack Caravelli
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275997465
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An insider's account of official American efforts to prevent the theft or diversion of nuclear and radiological weapons that could be used by rogue nations or terrorist groups.

Will Terrorists Go Nuclear

Author: Brian Michael Jenkins
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 1615920366
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Foreword by Sen. Gary Hart, Co-Chair, Commission on National SecurityPreface by Thomas C. Schelling, Nobel LaureateIntroduction by Gov. James Gilmore, Chair, Advisory Panel on Weapons of Mass DestructionJenkins shows us how we must confront our fears with thoughtful and diligent action. We can afford to do no less. A must read.-GEORGE TENET, Former Director of the CIABrian Michael Jenkins is one of the world''s most renowned experts on terrorism. With an instructive, provocative book that reads like a novel, Jenkins combines cool analysis with common sense to describe the threat of nuclear terrorism. He also shows that we must guard against nuclear terror - corrosive fear that prevents sensible action and weakens our democracy. Jenkins makes a powerful case that we must take strong steps against both to make each less likely.-SAM NUNN, Co-Chairman and CEO of the Nuclear Threat InitiativeA clear-eyed and elegantly written analysis that builds to a gripping finale that thrusts the reader into the Oval Office at a moment when no one would envy the president. Jenkins''s book is at once informative, entertaining, disturbing, yet reassuring.-LT. GEN. BRENT SCOWCROFT USAF (Ret.), Former National Security Advisor to Presidents George H.W. Bush and Gerald FordDeep knowledge about terrorists combined with common sense about nuclear weapons equals a book that is sobering and educational. Help yourself and learn!-GEORGE P. SHULTZ, Former Secretary of State Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford UniversityAccording to a British intelligence report leaked to the press in 2007, al Qaeda operatives are planning a large-scale attack on par with Hiroshima and Nagasaki. How likely is it that terrorists will develop the capability of such an attack? No one understands the nature of the threat posed by nuclear terrorism better than Brian Michael Jenkins - one of the world''s most renowned experts on terrorism. For more than thirty years, he has been advising the military, government, and prestigious think tanks on the dangers of escalating terrorism.Jenkins goes beyond what the experts know about terrorists'' efforts to acquire nuclear weapons, nuclear black markets, suitcase bombs, and mysterious substances like red mercury to examine how terrorists themselves think about such weapons. He offers many insights into such vital questions as:?Do terrorists see nuclear weapons as instruments of coercion or of pure destruction?Are those we label religious fanatics constrained by political and strategic calculations?If a nuclear attack took place on American soil, what life-and-death decisions would the president be forced to make? He puts the reader in the position of the president to convey the immediacy of making decisions - and the perilous repercussions of each critical decision.Jenkins notes that terrorists have become increasingly adept at creating an atmosphere of nuclear terror. In fact, al Qaeda may have succeeded in becoming the world''s first terrorist nuclear power without possessing a single nuclear weapon. The psychological effects of nuclear terror are fueled by American culture, which churns out novels and movies in which every conceivable horror scenario is played out. Political factions on both the right and the left also view nuclear terrorism as fodder to support their own arguments. In such an atmosphere, it is difficult for the average citizen to separate real from imagined dangers.Jenkins''s informed and seasoned analysis will give all Americans a levelheaded understanding of the real situation and teach us how not to yield to nuclear terror.Brian Michael Jenkins (Los Angeles, CA), one of the world''s leading authorities on terrorism, is a senior advisor to the president of the RAND Corporation, director of the National Transportation Security Center of the Mineta Transportation Institute, and a member of the board of Commercial Crime Services of the International Chamber of Commerce. He is frequently quoted in the media,

Dirty Entanglements

Author: Louise I. Shelley
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107015642
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Using lively case studies, this book analyzes the transformation of crime and terrorism and the business logic of terrorism.

Beyond Sand and Oil The Nuclear Middle East

Author: Jack Caravelli
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313387060
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This text provides an up-to-date overview of nuclear weapons in the politically fragile Middle East, discussing the evolution and future of national programs, as well as the current challenge posed by Iran. • Each chapter chronologically identifies key milestones in the nuclear programs of the selected nations • Contains maps depicting areas of the Middle East • Provides a comprehensive discussion by country of the nuclear weapons programs that have evolved in the Middle East since the 1950s • Other key issues are addressed, specifically the evolution of the India-Pakistan nuclear rivalry and the current dangers posed by Pakistan's "Muslim bomb"

The Future Security Environment in the Middle East

Author: Nora Bensahel
Publisher: Rand Corporation
ISBN: 083303619X
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This report identifies several important trends that are shaping regional security. It examines traditional security concerns, such as energy security and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, as well as newer challenges posed by political reform, economic reform, civil-military relations, leadership change, and the information revolution. The report concludes by identifying the implications of these trends for U.S. foreign policy.

Asian Transnational Security Challenges

Author: Caroline Ziemke-Dickens
Publisher: NCELTR
ISBN: 9781741383645
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"The Council for Asian transnational Threat Research (CATR) has its roots in the initial months following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. Although the United States initially received widespread global support for what the Bush administration called the global war on terror, over time, as the US war on terror expanded its reach beyond al-Qaida's safe haven in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, allies and partners began to question some aspects of the US approach. Regional experts criticized the disproportionately military response to what they regarded as a threat with primarily political, social, and economic roots and the focus on religiously-motivated jihadists that overlooked other, largely secular, but no less dangerous, violent extremist movements. The regional view of the landscape of transnational threats in Asia extended well beyond al-Qaida, involving loose networks of violent groups that traded resources and know-how, but did not necessarily have a central leadership, common motivations, or a shared agenda. To understand and cope with this threat landscape would require a multilateral and nuanced approach, in which states across Asia could work in partnership with the United States to develop comprehensive responses to an increasingly complex threat environment."--DTIC abstract.

Banning Weapons of Mass Destruction

Author: Frederick Mattis
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313365393
Format: PDF
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The threat of weapons of mass destruction is still viable, and unless proper motions are made to prohibit this, global safety is still at risk. Prior arms control agreements have moved humanity within striking distance of global prohibition, yet these weapons of mass destruction remain. This enlightening work discusses original principles for a treaty banning nuclear and chem-bio weapons worldwide. Mattis argues that a proposed new nuclear treaty, replacing today's inadequate 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty, would demand unanimous accession by States which must be achieved before such a treaty enters into force. By asking essential questions, and offering value-creative proposals for nuclear treaty provisions, this work offers a clear path to the daylight of worldwide weapons of mass destruction prohibition. Not only is global safety threatened by the use of nuclear and chem-bio weapons, but more inclusively, today, society is at risk of nuclear weapons being stolen or acquired by terrorists for purposes of destruction. This risk lends to a necessary treaty that would require down-blending of highly enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium to eliminate this prospect. The heart of this work is its delineation of necessary elements for a nuclear ban treaty that addresses inevitable concerns of all States, especially today's nine nuclear weapon States. Mattis addresses 17 major proposed treaty provisions that include: how to suitably ascertain "unanimous accession" by states to a nuclear ban treaty (unanimity being a condition for entry into force); requirement that states be signatories to the current chemical and biological weapons bans [CWC/BWC] prior to signing a nuclear ban treaty; "non-withdrawal" by states from the treaty once it is in effect; necessary and new verification elements for banning nuclear weapons; the establishment, via nuclear ban provision, of "non-withdrawal" from the CWC and BWC. By asking essential questions, and offering illuminating proposals for nuclear ban treaty provisions, the work offers a path to a safer future through worldwide prohibition of weapons of mass destruction.

Future Roles of U S Nuclear Forces

Author: Glenn C. Buchan
Publisher: Rand Corporation
ISBN: 9780833029171
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This study examines the possible roles of nuclear weapons in contemporary U.S. national security policy. The United States has a range of nuclear strategies and postures among which to choose: from abolition of U.S. nuclear weapons, aggressive reductions and "dealerting," "business as usual, only smaller," more aggressive nuclear posture, to nuclear emphasis. The nation should have the operational flexibility to in fact use a modest number of nuclear weapons if the need were overwhelming and other options were inadequate.