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Cultivating Confidence: Verification, Monitoring and Enforcement for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons (Hoover Inst Press Publication)by Corey Hinderstein
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In 2007, former secretaries of state George Shultz and Henry Kissinger, former secretary of defense William Perry, and former senator Sam Nunn launched the Nuclear Security Project (NSP)—a major initiative to galvanize global action to reduce urgent nuclear dangers and build support for reducing reliance on nuclear weapons, ultimately ending them as a threat to the world. The initiative began with a January 2007 Wall Street Journal op-ed, coauthored by the four, that linked a vision of a world free of nuclear weapons with urgent, concrete, and actionable steps designed to reduce nuclear dangers. Today the NSP is generating global momentum in support of that vision and those steps
The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) works in tandem with the Hoover Institution to coordinate the work of the principals and manage the project.
Cultivating Confidence: Verification, Monitoring, and Enforcement for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons is one of several volumes under the project that offers guidelines for policy making that will ultimately reduce nuclear dangers throughout the world. Although important work has been done during the years to define major mileposts on the path to disarmament, a number of key areas—including verification—contain gaps in the conceptual framework and technical details. This study, which focuses on the key issues associated with verifying, monitoring, and enforcing, offers some possible solutions to these challenges.
The book finds that we know how to do many of the things needed to verify and enforce a world free of nuclear weapons. Although many questions still need to be answered and an extensive research agenda carried out, it is gratifying to discover that the work of the past several decades has resulted in significant accomplishments with a direct bearing on our ability to envision and implement a credible verification regime on the path to, and in, a world free of nuclear weapons.
Book News Annotation:
Hinderstein, who has a background in international relations and nuclear materials security, has compiled the nine articles of this text dealing with nuclear safety as part of her work with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). The NTI works to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons across the world and this text identifies some of the major issues involved in those efforts. The contributors to this text include academics, scientists, and politicians, and the articles cover topics such as: establishing non-nuclear weapon states' confidence in verification, enforcement of the rules in a nuclear weapon-free world, and the role and responsibility of the civil sector in managing trade in specialized materials. This book is distributed by Hoover Institution Press. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Ten expert contributors present a blueprint for technical and political actions with which future government leaders can guide policy making to reduce nuclear dangers.
The Nuclear Security Project, launched in 2007, helped reframe the global debate on nuclear issues and garnered significant global and domestic attention, increasing the political space for addressing global nuclear dangers and advancing understanding of the steps needed to reduce nuclear dangers. This volume, one of several under the project, presents a blueprint for actions government leaders can take to guide the policy making and technical development necessary to move toward a world free of nuclear weapons.
Ten expert contributors identify the key technical, political, and diplomatic challenges associated with verifying, monitoring, and enforcing a world free of nuclear weapons and provide potential solutions to those challenges. Unifying themes include principal challenges or stumbling blocks; current technical limits that should inform decisions about investment in further research and technical analysis; technical constraints to developing the kind of system necessary to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons; and developing the architecture for a verification system. Contributors:
Steven P. Andreasen, Everet H. Beckner, James Fuller, Steinar Høibråten, Edward Ifft, Halvor Kippe, Harold Müller, Annette Schaper, Thomas E. Shea, Ralf Wirtz
Ten expert contributors present a blueprint for actions future government leaders will need to guide policy making to reduce nuclear dangers. The authors identify the key technical, political, and diplomatic challenges associated with verifying, monitoring, and enforcing a world free of nuclear weapons and provide potential solutions to those challenges.
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Table of Contents
1. Political Dimensions of Determining “Effective” Verification
2. Enforcement of the Rules in a Nuclear Weapon–Free World
3. Verifying the Nonproduction and Elimination of Fissile Material for Weapons
4. Going to Zero: Verifying Nuclear Warhead Dismantlement
5. Establishing Non–Nuclear Weapon States’ Confidence in Verification
Steinar Høibråten and Halvor Kippe
6. Verifying the Nonproduction of New Nuclear Weapons
Everet H. Beckner
7. Verifying Reductions and Elimination of Tactical Nuclear Weapons
Steven P. Andreasen
8. The Role of the IAEA in a World Reducing Stocks of Nuclear Weapons
Thomas E. Shea
9. Role and Responsibility of the Civil Sector in Managing Trade in Specialized Materials
Appendix A. Wall Street Journal Op-Eds
“A World Free of Nuclear Weapons” (January 4, 2007)
“Toward a Nuclear-Free World” (January 15, 2008)
Appendix B. Workshop Attendees
About the Contributors
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