Nuclear proliferation and nuclear disarmament

A complicated relationship

Authored by: Tom Sauer

Handbook of Nuclear Proliferation

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  February  2012

Print ISBN: 9781857436044
eBook ISBN: 9780203840849
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780203840849-25

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Abstract

In the academic literature and even more among political decision makers, there is a quasi-consensus that nuclear proliferation is one of the biggest threats to international peace and security. The major instrument to manage nuclear proliferation is the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regime, which corresponds to the whole array of formal and informal institutions, rules and norms to contain the danger of nuclear weapons. 1

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