Planning the Unthinkable: How New Powers Will Use Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons by Peter R. LavoyPlanning the Unthinkable: How New Powers Will Use Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons by Peter R. Lavoy

Planning the Unthinkable: How New Powers Will Use Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons

EditorPeter R. Lavoy, Scott D. Sagan, James J. Wirtz

Paperback | August 24, 2000

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The proliferation of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons is now the single most serious security concern for governments around the world. Peter R. Lavoy, Scott D. Sagan, and James J. Wirtz compare how military threats, strategic cultures, and organizations shape the way leaders intend to employ these armaments. They reveal the many frightening ways that emerging military powers and terrorist groups are planning the unthinkable by preparing to use chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons in future conflicts. Distinguished specialists consider several states and organizations that have this weaponry: Iraq, Iran, India, Pakistan, North Korea, and Israel, as well as the Aum Shinrikyo cult. The contributors expose plans for using unconventional weapons, highlighting the revolutionary effects these arsenals might have on international politics and regional disputes.
Scott D. Sagan is Caroline S. G. Munro Professor of Political Science, Mimi and Peter Haas University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, and Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He is coeditor of Planning the Unthinkable: How ...
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Title:Planning the Unthinkable: How New Powers Will Use Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical WeaponsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.27 inPublished:August 24, 2000Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801487048

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"In the tradition of Thinking about the Unthinkable—Herman Kahn's seminal Cold War consideration of U.S.-Soviet nuclear relations—this insightful book will help practitioners and scholars confront the most important twenty-first century challenge to U.S. security and international order. By examining the ideosyncratic motivations of state and non-state actors to acquire and use nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, the authors provide a significantly improved understanding of the complexities of the proliferation problem."—Dr. James N. Miller, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Requirements, Plans and Counterproliferation