Slaying the Nuclear Dragon: Disarmament Dynamics in the Twenty-First Century (Studies in Security and International Affairs #14) (Paperback)

Slaying the Nuclear Dragon: Disarmament Dynamics in the Twenty-First Century (Studies in Security and International Affairs #14) By David Santoro, Tanya Ogilvie-White (Editor), David Santoro (Editor) Cover Image
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In recent decades the debate on nuclear weapons has focused overwhelmingly on proliferation and nonproliferation dynamics. In a series of Wall Street Journal articles, however, George Shultz, William Perry, Henry Kissinger, and Sam Nunn called on governments to rid the world of nuclear weapons, helping to put disarmament back into international security discussions. More recently, U.S. president Barack Obama, prominent U.S. congressional members of both political parties, and a number of influential foreign leaders have espoused the idea of a world free of nuclear weapons.

Turning this vision into reality requires an understanding of the forces driving disarmament forward and those holding it back. Slaying the Nuclear Dragon provides in-depth, objective analysis of current nuclear disarmament dynamics. Examining the political, state-level factors that drive and stall progress, contributors highlight the challenges and opportunities faced by proponents of disarmament. These essays show that although conditions are favorable for significant reductions, numerous hurdles still exist. Contributors look at three categories of states: those that generate momentum for disarmament; those with policies that are problematic for disarmament; and those that actively hinder progress--whether openly, secretly, deliberately, or inadvertently.

Nuclear deterrence was long credited with preventing war between the two major Cold War powers, but with the spread of nuclear technology, threats have shifted to other state powers and to nonstate groups. Slaying the Nuclear Dragon addresses an urgent need to examine nuclear disarmament in a realistic, nonideological manner.

About the Author

Tanya Ogilvie-White (Editor) TANYA OGILVIE-WHITE is a senior lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and a consulting fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. She is coauthor of Nuclear Weapons Policy at the Crossroads and editor of a forthcoming volume of the correspondence of Michael Quinlan. David Santoro (Editor) DAVID SANTORO is a senior fellow for nonproliferation and disarmament at Pacific Forum CSIS. He is the author of Treating Weapons Proliferation: An Oncological Approach to the Spread of Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Technology.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780820342467
ISBN-10: 0820342467
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication Date: March 1st, 2012
Pages: 360
Language: English
Series: Studies in Security and International Affairs