AUTHORHymans, Jacques E. C.
TITLEAchieving Nuclear Ambitions: Scientists, Politicians, and Proliferation
PUBLISHERCambridge University Press
CITYNew York, NY

This book addresses the question of why some states that decide to produce nuclear weapons succeed and others experience difficulty in obtaining them. The author pinpoints the relationship between politicians and scientific/technical personnel as a key factor. He argues that the critical element in a successful nuclear weapons program is political leadership with management policies that respect the scientific and technical workers' professionalism. He cites that as the key to the success of the first five nuclear weapons states and as the primary reason for the delay or failure of programs in developing countries attempting to acquire those weapons. He presents case studies that include the programs of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Mao Zedong in China, Josip Broz Tito in Yugoslavia, and Juan PerĂ³n in Argentina as well as brief analyses of the nuclear efforts of Libya, Pakistan, North Korea (DPRK), and Iran. The author is a political scientist at the University of Southern California.

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