I’ve asked Stephen Schwartz, the editor of The Nonproliferation Review, to suggest interesting reads that have appeared in The Nonproliferation Review for aspiring wonks. His nine recommendations follow. I will add a tenth in a subsequent post.
Everyone complains about the inability of the international community to keep determined states from using overt or covert nuclear energy programs as a means to acquire nuclear weapons, but Chris Paine and Tom Cochran, building on the work of others over the years, actually created a detailed, feasible plan to solve that problem.
Jacques Hymans tackles the slippery question of when a state is considered to have joined the nuclear club, and why it matters how we define that milestone.
“The Myth of Nuclear Deterrence” (November 2008)
In a well-argued and detailed article, Ward Wilson challenges many of the presumptive benefits of nuclear weapons and nuclear deterrence.
“Countering Proliferation: Insights from Past ‘Wins, Losses, and Draws’” (November 2006)
Lewis Dunn offers a valuable and thoughtful assessment of what has worked–and what hasn’t–when it comes to preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.
In an engaging article, William Potter examines the risks of nuclear terrorism posed by the estimated 50-100 metric tons (MT) of non-military highly enriched uranium stockpiled around the world, describes the various uses of this material, and explores the economic, political, and strategic obstacles to international efforts to end the use of HEU for commercial and research purposes.
“Anticipating Nuclear Proliferation: Insights from the Past” (November 2006)
Torrey Froscher considers the mixed historical record on the role of intelligence in warning, or failing to warn, of states seeking nuclear weapons, as well as the best means of ensuring a productive relationship between analysts and policymakers.
Tanya Ogilvie-White explores how organizational, psychological, and sociological factors influence whether and how proliferation occurs, and how such factors shed light on alternative approaches to preventing it.
“Revisiting Fred Iklé’s 1961 Question, ‘After Detection – What?’” (Spring 2001)
Brad Roberts looks back at Fred Iklé’s Foreign Affairs article, considers how the world has changed over four decades, and assesses how best to address the challenges of arms control noncompliance in Iraq, North Korea, Russia, and other countries.
Jim Walsh considers the surprising history of Australia’s efforts to acquire nuclear weapons from the mid-1950s and until the early 1970s, and what it says about states seeking to build the bomb, what policies stand the best chance of dissuading such states, and how Australia transformed itself from a nuclear aspirant to a leading advocate for nonproliferation.