AUTHORSokolski, Henry D.
TITLEUnderestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future, 2nd Edition
PUBLISHERNonproliferation Policy Education Center
CITYWashington, DC
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The author examines popular viewpoints regarding how to prevent further proliferation of nuclear weapons, considers likely scenarios should policies fail, and recommends changes to strengthen the nonproliferation effort. The official U.S. policy, shared by most arms control advocates, is that all nuclear weapons states are bound by the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) to reduce their nuclear stockpiles. The second position argues that maintaining or increasing U.S. nuclear weapons capability in order to protect its allies is the best way to keep more countries from obtaining nuclear weapons. Finally, many academics are divided into two groups – those who believe nuclear deterrence works and those who think it does not. The three chapter titles convey the author’s approach: what we think, where we are headed, and what might help. The second edition addresses events occurring since the publication of the first edition in 2015. Extensive references support the text.

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