This volume brings together more than three decades of research and writings by Professor Ramesh Thakur on the challenges posed by nuclear weapons.
Following an introduction to the current nuclear state of play, the book addresses the challenge of nuclear weapons in three parts. Part I describes the scholar-practitioner interface in trying to come to grips with this challenge, the main policy impact on security strategy, and the various future nuclear scenarios. Part II addresses regional nuclear challenges from the South Pacific to East, South and West Asia and thereby highlights serious deficiencies in the normative architecture of the nuclear arms control and disarmament regime. In the third and final part, the chapters discuss regional nuclear-weapon-free zones, NPT anomalies (and their implications for the future of the nuclear arms control regime) and, finally, assess the global governance architecture of nuclear security in light of the three Nuclear Security Summits between 2010 and 2014. The concluding chapter argues for moving towards a world of progressively reduced nuclear weapons in numbers, reduced salience of nuclear weapons in national security doctrines and deployments, and, ultimately, a denuclearized world.
This book will be of much interest to students of nuclear proliferation, global governance, international organisations, diplomacy and security studies.
Ramesh Thakur is Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in the Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University. A former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, he is the author/editor of 50 books and 400 journal articles and book chapters, including, most recently, The Group of Twenty (G20) (Routledge, 2013); Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play (2013); and The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy (2013); and the Editor-in-Chief of Global Governance.
Preface: A Tale from Hiroshima 1. Introduction PART ONE: THE NUCLEAR DEBATE 2. Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament: Can the Power of Ideas Tame the Power of the State? 3. The Nuclear Debate 4. Envisioning Nuclear Futures PART TWO: REGIONAL CHALLENGES IN ASIA, THE PACIFIC AND THE MIDDLE EAST 5. The Last Bang Before a Total Ban: French Nuclear Testing in the Pacific 6. The Nuclear Option in India's Security Policy 7. The South Asian Nuclear Challenge 8. The Inconsequential Gains and Lasting Insecurities of India's Nuclear Weaponization 9. Follow the Yellowcake Road: Balancing Australia's Security, Commercial and Bilateral National Interests against International Anti-Nuclear Interests 10. Capping North Korea's Weapons and Iran's Capability PART THREE: THE NUCLEAR REGIME 11. Stepping Stones to a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World 12. NPT Regime Change: Has the Good Become the Enemy of the Best? 13. The Global Governance Architecture of Nuclear Security 14. The Problem of Nuclear Weapons and What To Do About It