This book provides an introduction to political and strategic aspects of nuclear weaponry. It offers an accessible overview of the concept of nuclear weapons, outlines how thinking about these weapons has developed and considers how nuclear threats can continue to be managed in the future.
Coverage of nuclear testing, proliferation, strategy, global actors and disarmament.
Analysis of contemporary topics such as nuclear terrorism.
A timeline of key nuclear events.
Annotated further reading lists helping you to locate sources for essays and assignments.
Summaries, study questions and a glossary of key terms
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The Politics of Nuclear Weapons is essential reading for both undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses in Nuclear Politics.
Andrew Futter is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Leicester.
Introduction: the politics of nuclear weapons Chapter 1: What are nuclear weapons? Chapter 2: Testing, defining and delivering nuclear weapons Chapter 3: Nuclear proliferation: why states do or don't build the bomb Chapter 4: Nuclear strategy: understanding the MADness Chapter 5: Vertical proliferation challenges: assessing Article VI of the NPT Chapter 6: Horizontal proliferation challenges: the nuclear outliers Chapter 7: Managing nuclear proliferation challenges: limiting, preventing and defending Chapter 8: Nuclear weapons and new global actors Chapter 9: Nuclear disarmament Chapter 10: Enduring nuclear challenges Conclusion: surviving our nuclear future