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Nuclear Weapons CounterproliferationA New Grand Bargain$
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Jack Garvey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199841271

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841271.001.0001

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Futility of Nuclear Weapons Risk Management in a Consensual Regime

Futility of Nuclear Weapons Risk Management in a Consensual Regime

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(p.34) 2 Futility of Nuclear Weapons Risk Management in a Consensual Regime
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Nuclear Weapons Counterproliferation
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Jack I. Garvey

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841271.003.0002

The present capabilities and limitations of counterproliferation are dependent on the voluntary adherence of governments to the different agreements and structures that are its components. These include the safeguards and inspection regime of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and a collection of international agreements, both formal and informal. This chapter argues that improving the counterproliferation regime requires understanding, first, why this consent-based architecture is not working well enough for the management and containment of contemporary nuclear weapons risk. It analyzes nuclear terrorism, state-to-state nuclear weapons risk, and risk reduction by consent.

Keywords:   counterproliferation, nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear risk, nuclear terrorism, risk reduction

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