Nuclear Weapons After the Comprehensive Test Ban: Implications for Modernization and Proliferation

Hardcover | November 1, 1994

EditorEric Arnett

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After more than three decades of on-off negotiations, a CTB treaty was signed in 1996. This book describes how the CTB will affect nuclear programmes and decision-making in the nuclear weapon states, the threshold states and the non-nuclear weapon states of proliferation concern. While somestates will maintain their nuclear weapon arsenals and options under the CTB - and some weapon modernization may be undertaken - the CTB will foreclose a number of technologies and will probably be signed and ratified. Further the CTB will codify a norm against nuclear modernization and strengthen the norm against nuclear proliferation in a way that reinforces other efforts to restrict nuclear activities. The book examines the significance of treaty provisions that may be intended to accommodate existing nuclearweapon stockpiles or options and how these provisions may function as modernization or proliferation loopholes. It concludes with a review of practical steps that can be taken - both unilaterally and multilaterally - to further strengthen these norms and reinforce the CTB regime.

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This book addresses the likely effects of the CTB on nuclear weapon programmes and decision making in the nuclear weapon states, the threshold states and the non-nuclear weapon states of proliferation concern. The book concludes that, while some states will indeed maintain their nuclear weapon arsenals and options under the CTB and one...

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After more than three decades of on-off negotiations, a CTB treaty was signed in 1996. This book describes how the CTB will affect nuclear programmes and decision-making in the nuclear weapon states, the threshold states and the non-nuclear weapon states of proliferation concern. While somestates will maintain their nuclear weapon ars...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:November 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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This book addresses the likely effects of the CTB on nuclear weapon programmes and decision making in the nuclear weapon states, the threshold states and the non-nuclear weapon states of proliferation concern. The book concludes that, while some states will indeed maintain their nuclear weapon arsenals and options under the CTB and one or two may even undertake some modernization, the CTB will foreclose a number of technologies to all three groups of states and will probably be signed and ratified by all of them. Further, the CTB will codify a norm against nuclear modernization and strengthen the norm against nuclear proliferation in a way that reinforces other efforts to restrict nuclear activities. The book elucidates the significance of treaty provisions that will be included to accommodate existing stockpiles or options and their significance as possible modernization or proliferation loopholes. It closes with a review of practical steps that can be taken, unilaterally and multilaterally, to further strengthen these norms and reinforce the CTB regime.

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`This selection of essays should form a basis for further discussion and should prompt more work on the CTBT theme.'Nadine J. Gurr, European Security Vol.6 Number 2