This primer provides a complete yet concise overview of the technical background needed to understand today's nonproliferation issues. It describes all the existing types of weapons of mass destruction and examines the threats they pose and their implications for regional and international security.
The authors identify countries that have, or may have, programs to develop such weapons, describe the technology needed to continue such programs, and examine the extent to which these programs violate existing international agreements. They also outline existing unilateral and multilateral measures designed to curb proliferation and discuss new measures that could strengthen current nonproliferation efforts.
"This collaborative effort demystifies nuclear proliferation.Whether you are concerned, confused, or merely curious, this bookshould be on your shelf. It is a rich resource and a valuableguide to action."
—James Leonard, former U.S. Ambassador to the Conference onDisarmament in Geneva
Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 1996.