Slaying the Nuclear Dragon: Disarmament Dynamics in the Twenty-First Century by Tanya Ogilvie-whiteSlaying the Nuclear Dragon: Disarmament Dynamics in the Twenty-First Century by Tanya Ogilvie-white

Slaying the Nuclear Dragon: Disarmament Dynamics in the Twenty-First Century

EditorTanya Ogilvie-white, David Santoro

Paperback | March 1, 2012

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In recent decades the debate on nuclear weapons has focused overwhelmingly on proliferation and nonproliferation dynamics. In a series of Wall Street Journal articles, however, George Shultz, William Perry, Henry Kissinger, and Sam Nunn called on governments to rid the world of nuclear weapons, helping to put disarmament back into international security discussions. More recently, U.S. president Barack Obama, prominent U.S. congressional members of both political parties, and a number of influential foreign leaders have espoused the idea of a world free of nuclear weapons.

Turning this vision into reality requires an understanding of the forces driving disarmament forward and those holding it back. Slaying the Nuclear Dragon provides in-depth, objective analysis of current nuclear disarmament dynamics. Examining the political, state-level factors that drive and stall progress, contributors highlight the challenges and opportunities faced by proponents of disarmament. These essays show that although conditions are favorable for significant reductions, numerous hurdles still exist. Contributors look at three categories of states: those that generate momentum for disarmament; those with policies that are problematic for disarmament; and those that actively hinder progress-whether openly, secretly, deliberately, or inadvertently.

Nuclear deterrence was long credited with preventing war between the two major Cold War powers, but with the spread of nuclear technology, threats have shifted to other state powers and to nonstate groups. Slaying the Nuclear Dragon addresses an urgent need to examine nuclear disarmament in a realistic, nonideological manner.

Tanya Ogilvie-White is a senior lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and a consulting fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. She is coauthor of Nuclear Weapons Policy at the Crossroads and editor of a forthcoming volume of the corresponden...
Title:Slaying the Nuclear Dragon: Disarmament Dynamics in the Twenty-First CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.87 inPublished:March 1, 2012Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0820342467

ISBN - 13:9780820342467


Table of Contents

Mark Fitzpatrick

Tanya Ogilvie-White and David Santoro

Introduction. The Nuclear Dragon: No Longer out on the Prowl
Tanya Ogilvie-White and David Santoro

Chapter 1. The Optimistic Nuclear Weapon States: The United States and the United Kingdom
David Santoro

Chapter 2. Advocating the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons: The Role of Key Individual and Coalition States
Marianne Hanson

Chapter 3. The Rollback States: South Africa and Kazakhstan
Stephen F. Burgess and Togzhan Kassenova

Chapter 4. The Pessimistic Nuclear Weapon States: France, Russia, and China
David Santoro

Chapter 5. The Threshold States: Japan and Brazil
Maria Rost Rublee

Chapter 6. The Nuclear Energy Aspirants: Egypt and Vietnam
Tanya Ogilvie-White and Maria Rost Rublee

Chapter 7. The Nuclear Holdouts: India, Israel, and Pakistan
Devin T. Hagerty

Chapter 8. The Defiant States: North Korea and Iran
Tanya Ogilvie-White

Chapter 9. The Silent Proliferators: Syria and Myanmar
Jacqueline Shire

Conclusion. The Nuclear Dragon: One Eye Open, One Eye Closed
Tanya Ogilvie-White and David Santoro



Editorial Reviews

Ogilvie-White and Santoro have gathered an impressive rostrum of world-class nuclear experts for an in-depth examination of the obstacles to nuclear disarmament and of the ways to overcome them. Going beyond the available literature, this volume is an indispensable contribution to the debate on nuclear abolition.

- Bruno Tertrais - Senior Research Fellow, Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique