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Nuclear Politics

Nuclear Politics

Four Volume Set
Edited by:

March 2014 | 1 664 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
While the Cold War ended more than two decades ago and global nuclear stockpiles have shrunk dramatically, there are still around 18,000 nuclear warheads distributed among nine nuclear armed states. Against the backdrop of continual political tensions and conflict, the nuclear issue will continue to dominate headlines for several decades into the future.

This new four-volume Major Work explores this important issue and aims to introduce readers to the key arguments and authors in the field. With such a wide variety of theoretical approaches and substantive topics under the umbrella of nuclear politics, this collection will not only allow the reader to peruse the diverse explanations for the regime, proliferation, nonproliferation and disarmament, it will also guide them through the intellectual history of the field.  

Volume One: The Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime
Volume Two: Nuclear Proliferation
Volume Three: Nuclear Nonproliferation
Volume Four: Nuclear Disarmament and Alternative Voices on Nuclear Issues

Nuclear Learning and U.S.-Soviet Security Regimes

Joseph Nye
The Realist Nuclear Regime

Zachary Davis
The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty: History and Current Problems

George Bunn
Taking Stock of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime: Using Social Psychology to Understand Regime Effectiveness

Maria Rost Rublee
The Puzzle of Trusting Relationships in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Jan Ruzicka and Nicholas Wheeler
Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament: Can the Power of Ideas Tame the Power of the State?

Ramesh Thakur
The Ambivalence of Nuclear Histories

Itty Abraham
Nuclear Weapons, International Law and the World Court: A Historic Encounter

Richard Falk
The Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty’s Relevance to Global Security

Nancy Gallagher
Stepping Stones to a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World

Ramesh Thakur
Peeling the Orange: Regional Paths to a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World

Michael Hamel-Green
International Humanitarian Law and Nuclear Weapons: Irreconcilable Differences

Dean Granoff and Jonathan Granoff
Spreading Temptation: Proliferation and Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation Agreements

Matthew Fuhrmann
Importing the Bomb: Sensitive Nuclear Assistance and Nuclear Proliferation

Matthew Kroenig
Nuclear Power Without Nuclear Proliferation?

Steven Miller and Scott Sagan
Proliferation Rings: New Challenges to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime

Chaim Braun and Christopher Chyba
Multilateral Cooperation and the Prevention of Nuclear Terrorism: Pragmatism Over Idealism

Wyn Bowen, Matthew Cottee and Christopher Hobbs
A Security System Commensurate with the Risk of Nuclear Terrorism

Kenneth Brill and Kenneth Luongo
Engaging India, Israel and Pakistan in the Nuclear Non-proliferation Regime

Jenny Nielsen
Can the NPT Regime Be Fixed or Should It Be Abandoned?

Ramesh Thakur, Jane Boulden, and Thomas Weiss
The Brooding Shadow: Systemic Incentives and Nuclear Weapons Proliferation

Benjamin Frankel
Why Nuclear Superiority Doesn’t Matter

Robert Jervis
Exploding the Black Box: The Historical Sociology of Nuclear Proliferation

Steven Flank
Why Do States Build Nuclear Weapons?

Scott Sagan
Is There A Theory of Nuclear Proliferation? An Analysis of the Contemporary Debate

Tanya Ogilvie-White
The Nuclear Taboo: The United States and the Normative Basis of Nuclear Non-Use

Nina Tannenwald
Taboo or Tradition: The Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons in World Politics

T.V. Paul
Nuclear Myths and Political Realities

Kenneth Waltz
The Perils of Proliferation: Organization Theory, Deterrence Theory, and the Spread of Nuclear Weapons

Scott Sagan
The Myth of Nuclear Deterrence

Ward Wilson
Bringing Israel’s Bomb Out of the Basement: Has Nuclear Ambiguity Outlived Its Shelf Life

Avner Cohen and Marvin Miller
The South Asian Nuclear Challenge

Ramesh Thakur
India's Pathway to Pokhran II: The Prospects and Sources of New Delhi's Nuclear Weapons Program

Sumit Ganguly
Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons Program: Turning Points and Nuclear Choices

Samina Ahmed
North Korea’s Weapons of Mass Destruction: Badges, Shields, or Swords?

Victor Cha
Nuclear Proliferation and Regional Security Orders: Comparing North Korea and Iran

Amitav Acharya
The Correlates of Nuclear Proliferation: A Quantitative Test

Sonali Singh and Christopher Way
The Perils of Predicting Proliferation

Alexander Montgomery and Scott Sagan
The Political Psychology of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime

Glenn Chafetz
Constructivism and Social Psychology in Peace Studies: Understanding Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament in East Asia

Maria Rost Rublee
Domestic Sources of Preferences for Arms Cooperation: The Impact of Protest

Jeffrey Knopf
The Political Economy of Nuclear Restraint

Etel Solingen
Never Say Never Again: Nuclear Reversal Revisited

Ariel Levite
Botching the Bomb: Why Nuclear Weapons Programs Often Fail on Their Own – and Why Iran’s Might, Too

Jacques Hymans
Of Gauchos and Gringos: Why Argentina Never Wanted the Bomb, and Why the United States Thought It Did

Jacques Hymans
Civil-Military Affairs and Security Institutions in the Southern Cone: The Sources of Argentine-Brazilian Nuclear Cooperation

Arturo Velázquez
Egypt's Nuclear Weapons Program: Lessons Learned

Maria Rost Rublee
German National Identity and WMD Proliferation

Harald Müller
Lessons of UNSCOM and UNMOVIC for WMD Non-Proliferation, Arms Control and Disarmament

Trevor Findlay
The Soviet Union and Nuclear Proliferation

William Potter
Nuclear U-Turns: Learning from South Korean and Taiwanese Rollback

Rebecca Hersman and Robert Peters
Non-Proliferation and Counter-Terrorism Cooperation in Southeast Asia: Meeting Global Obligations Through Regional Security Architectures?

Tanya Ogilvie-White
Libya's Nuclear Turnaround: Perspectives from Tripoli

Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer
Tito’s Nuclear Legacy

William Potter, Djuro Miljanic and Ivo Slaus
Discursive Foundations of Iran's Nuclear Policy

Homeira Moshirzadeh
Is Nuclear Zero the Best Option?

Scott Sagan and Kenneth Waltz
What’s Next?

George Perkovich and James Acton
Abolishing Nuclear Armouries: Policy or Pipedream?

Michael Quinlan
Verification and Security in a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World: Elements and Framework of a Nuclear Weapons Convention

Jürgen Scheffran
North Korea Test as Spur to Nuclear Disarmament

Ramesh Thakur
If You Want Nonproliferation, Prepare for Disarmament

Ramesh Thakur
Ideas, Beliefs, and Nuclear Policies: The Cases of South Africa and Ukraine

William Long and Suzette Grillot
The Nuclear Threshold States: Nuclear Disarmament and the Challenges and Opportunities Posed by Brazil and Japan

Maria Rost Rublee
Regulating the Possession and Use of Nuclear Weapons: Ideas, Commissions and Agency in International Security Politics

Marianne Hanson
Tacit Knowledge, Weapons Design, and the Uninvention of Nuclear Weapons

Donald MacKenzie and Graham Spinardi
Putting Disarmament Back in the Frame

Neil Cooper
Nuclearism, Human Rights and Constructions of Security (Part 1)

Ken Booth
Nuclear Reason: At the Limits of Strategy

Anthony Burke
Sex and Death in the Rational World of Defense Intellectuals

Carol Cohn
Gender and the Nuclear Weapons State: A Feminist Critique of the UK Government’s White Paper on Trident

Claire Duncanson and Catherine Eschle
Reconstituting Security? : The Practices of Proliferation Control

David Mutimer
Relinquishing Nuclear Weapons: Identities, Networks and the British Bomb

Nick Ritchie
Reviving Nuclear Ethics: A Renewed Research Agenda for the Twenty-First Century

Thomas Doyle

An estimated 18,000 nuclear warheads exist in the arsenals of nine nuclear weapon armed countries - more than 5,000 of them deployed and nearly 2,000 on a state of alert ready to be launched in minutes. This frightening scenario of the actual potential for the use of the most destructive weapon of mass destruction invented by humankind with its long-term genetic and ecological impact demands that we examine the rationale for these weapons. The availability of a reader with some of the best intellectual work on the subject in this 4 volume publication edited by Professors Maria Rost Rublee and Ramesh Thakur is a an outstanding service to students and the general public as we move towards the elimination of nuclear weapons.

Jayantha Dhanapala
Pugwash Conferences on Science & World Affairs and former UN Under-Secretary-General and Ambassador of Sri Lanka

The Cold War created an appropriate acronym to describe nuclear insanity: MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction). What is truly mad now is that this nuclear insanity continues when the Cold War rationale for it has disappeared. If we want to move beyond MAD and Cold-War nuclear thinking, a comprehensive understanding of nuclear politics is critical. This four-volume reference work not only provides that broad overview, but also notably includes literature on disarmament and alternative voices on  nuclear issues

Kishore Mahbubani
Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and author of 'The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World'

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