AUTHORBowen, Wyn Q.
TITLELibya and Nuclear Proliferation: Stepping Back from the Brink
CITYAbington, United Kingdom

This report presents a concise analysis of Libya's quest for nuclear weapons and the reasons why the country abandoned that pursuit. The opening chapter describes the policies and motivations of Colonel Muammar Gadhafi's regime in seeking to obtain nuclear weapons. Next, the author traces major steps in Libya's 30-year weapons program, from its early phases beginning in 1961 to the failure of the program and Gadhafi’s decision in 2003 to forsake the endeavor altogether. The next chapter addresses the dismantling, removing, and destroying of components of the nuclear program, highlighting the full extent of Libya’s procurement network. The final chapter looks at Libya as a possible example of confronting the challenges of nuclear proliferation. At the time of publication, the author, Wyn Bowen, was Director of the Centre for Science & Security Studies in the Department of War Studies at King’s College in London.

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