AUTHORRabinowitz, Or
TITLEBargaining on Nuclear Tests: Washington and Its Cold War Deals
PUBLISHEROxford University Press
CITYOxford, England

The main goal of this work is to study U.S. interactions with Israel, South Africa, Pakistan, and India regarding nuclear weapons policies during the Cold War. The author cites the 1969 Nixon-Meir understanding on nuclear weapons as the heart of the US-Israeli bilateral relationship. It was the first of a series of agreements on nuclear testing that eventually resulted in Israel, South Africa, Pakistan, and India acquiring nuclear weapons. The book presents the nature of the deals between U.S. foreign policy makers and those nations about nuclear weapons and tests; the domestic debate on banning nuclear tests; and a discussion of nuclear tests as status symbols in the international arena. In the second half of the book, a chapter for each of the four countries presents a proliferation case study that examines interactions between that country and the U.S. regarding nuclear testing. The final chapter compares the various agreements, how they fared over time, and how they can inform current nuclear discussions. The author also considers why only the agreement with Israel has remained intact. Numerous endnotes follow each chapter.

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