AUTHORReiss, Mitchell
TITLEBridled Ambition: Why Countries Constrain Their Nuclear Capabilities
PUBLISHERThe Woodrow Wilson Center Press
CITYWashington, D.C.

This book is a collection of case studies examining countries that have either abandoned or constrained their nuclear weapons programs. South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, India, Pakistan, and North Korea are each studied in depth. The author, Mitchell Reiss, believes those countries chose to either stop or curtail their programs because of common factors including economic incentives, non-proliferation efforts by the United States, and a realization that nuclear weapons were no longer as valuable as previously believed. Each case study is followed by a chronology of events and extensive notes, which include references to the many interviews Reiss conducted while writing the book. A former professor at the College of William and Mary, Reiss has served as Director of Public Policy Planning in the State Department of the United States.

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