AUTHORFischer, David
TITLEHistory of the International Atomic Agency: The First Forty Years
PUBLISHERInternational Atomic Energy Agency
CITYVienna, Austria
DATE PUBLISHED1997
ISBN92-0-102397-9
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This extensive account of the first forty years of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) describes the history of the agency, the evolution of nuclear arms control, and the major events that have affected the public’s confidence in nuclear safety. The IAEA is an international organization that encourages the peaceful application of nuclear power and seeks to inhibit its use for military purposes. The book is divided into three sections: the first section details why and how the IAEA was created in 1957; the second section provides the history of the IAEA in action, through 1997; and the third section explores issues such as the changing perceptions of member states towards nuclear power and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). The indexed book includes the IAEA’s statute, an excerpt from U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” speech, information regarding funding, and a glossary.


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