AUTHORSauer, Tom
TITLEEliminating Nuclear Weapons: The Role of Missile Defense
PUBLISHERColumbia Press
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2011
ISBN978-0-231-70266-9


This book addresses the relationship between nuclear weapons elimination and ballistic missile defense. The author, an international politics scholar, considers the controversy between nuclear deterrence and nuclear elimination and goes on to propose how the two processes may be "reconciled" (p. 2). He uses strategic analysis to recommend ways to eliminate, limit, or control missile defense systems in order to abolish nuclear weapons worldwide. Two of the three major sections deal with nuclear deterrence and nuclear abolition, including treatment of anti ballistic missile (ABM) defense. In the third section, the author discusses the integration of missile defense into the process of eradicating nuclear weapons. Extensive end notes and a solid bibliography support the work, and an appendix contains the text of U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2009 speech on nuclear weapons, which was delivered in Prague.


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