Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late

Paperback | June 16, 2015

byJoseph Cirincione

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There is a high risk that someone will use, by accident or design, one or more of the 17,000 nuclear weapons in the world today. Many thought such threats ended with the Cold War or that current policies can prevent or contain nuclear disaster. They are dead wrong-these weapons, possessed by states large and small, stable and unstable, remain an ongoing nightmare.

Joseph Cirincione surveys the best thinking and worst fears of experts specializing in nuclear warfare and assesses the efforts to reduce or eliminate these nuclear dangers. His book offers hope: in the 1960s, twenty-three states had nuclear weapons and research programs; today, only nine states have weapons. More countries have abandoned nuclear weapon programs than have developed them, and global arsenals are just one-quarter of what they were during the Cold War. Yet can these trends continue, or are we on the brink of a new arms race-or worse, nuclear war? A former member of Senator Obama's nuclear policy team, Cirincione helped shape the policies unveiled in Prague in 2009, and, as president of an organization intent on reducing nuclear threats, he operates at the center of debates on nuclear terrorism, new nuclear nations, and the risks of existing arsenals.

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There is a high risk that someone will use, by accident or design, one or more of the 17,000 nuclear weapons in the world today. Many thought such threats ended with the Cold War or that current policies can prevent or contain nuclear disaster. They are dead wrong-these weapons, possessed by states large and small, stable and unstable...

Joseph Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, and the author of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons and Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Threats. He serves on the secretary of state's International Security Advisory Board and is a member of the Council on Foreign...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:June 16, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023116405X

ISBN - 13:9780231164054

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IntroductionPart I. Policy1. Promise2. Legacy3. PivotPart II. Nightmares4. Arsenals and Accidents5. Calculating Armageddon6. Exploding Budgets7. The 95 Percent8. The Most Dangerous Country on EarthPart III. Solutions9. Posture and Proliferation10. The End of Proliferation11. FoundationsAppendix A. Remarks by President Barack ObamaAppendix B. Statement by President Barack Obama on the Release of Nuclear Posture ReviewAppendix C. Remarks by President Barack Obama at the United Nations Security Council Summit on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Nuclear DisarmamentAppendix D. Excerpts from President Barack Obama's State of the Union AddressAppendix E. Remarks by President Barack Obama at New START Treaty Signing CeremonyAppendix F. Ploughshares FundAcknowledgmentsNotesIndex

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This excellent book addresses the danger of nuclear catastrophe created by the existence of 17,000 nuclear weapons worldwide and the absence of a sustained effort to eliminate them.... Highly recommended.