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Atomic Assurance

by Alexander Lanoszka Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

Do alliances curb efforts by states to develop nuclear weapons? Atomic Assurance looks at what makes alliances sufficiently credible to prevent nuclear proliferation; how alliances can break down and so encourage...


Stopping the Bomb

by Nicholas L. Miller Cornell University Press (April 15, 2018)

Stopping the Bomb examines the historical development and effectiveness of American efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Nicholas L. Miller offers here a novel theory that argues changes in American...


The Control Agenda

by Matthew J. Ambrose Cornell University Press (April 15, 2018)

The Control Agenda is a sweeping account of the history of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT), their rise in the Nixon and Ford administrations, their downfall under President Carter, and their powerful...


Unclear Physics

by Malfrid Braut-Hegghammer Cornell University Press (August 01, 2016)

Many authoritarian leaders want nuclear weapons, but few manage to acquire them. Autocrats seeking nuclear weapons fail in different ways and to varying degrees—Iraq almost managed it; Libya did not come close....


To Kill Nations

by Edward Kaplan Cornell University Press (March 24, 2015)

Between 1945 and 1950, the United States had a global nuclear monopoly. The A-bomb transformed the nation’s strategic airpower and saw the Air Force displace the Navy at the front line of American defense....


American Biodefense

by Frank Smith Cornell University Press (July 30, 2014)

Biological weapons have threatened U.S. national security since at least World War II. Historically, however, the U.S. military has neglected research, development, acquisition, and doctrine for biodefense....


Inadvertent Escalation

by Barry R. Posen Cornell University Press (January 13, 2014)

In this sobering book, Barry R. Posen demonstrates how the interplay between conventional military operations and nuclear forces could, in conflicts among states armed with both conventional and nuclear weaponry,...


Project Plowshare

by Scott Kaufman Cornell University Press

Inspired by President Dwight D. Eisenhower's "Atoms for Peace" speech, scientists at the Atomic Energy Commission and the University of California's Radiation Laboratory began in 1957 a program they called Plowshare....


Nuclear Statecraft

by Francis J. Gavin Cornell University Press (October 11, 2012)

We are at a critical juncture in world politics. Nuclear strategy and policy have risen to the top of the global policy agenda, and issues ranging from a nuclear Iran to the global zero movement are generating...


Atomic Assistance

by Matthew Fuhrmann Cornell University Press (July 05, 2012)

Nuclear technology is dual use in nature, meaning that it can be used to produce nuclear energy or to build nuclear weapons. Despite security concerns about proliferation, the United States and other nuclear...


Fortifying China

by Tai Ming Cheung Cornell University Press

Fortifying China explores the titanic struggle to turn China into an aspiring world-class military technological power. The defense economy is leveraging the country's vibrant civilian economy and gaining access...


Barriers to Bioweapons

by Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley Cornell University Press (November 13, 2014)

In both the popular imagination and among lawmakers and national security experts, there exists the belief that with sufficient motivation and material resources, states or terrorist groups can produce bioweapons...