How can the world rid itself of nuclear weapons while at the same time developing more efficient nuclear weaponry technologies? In a world where the premise of deterrence justifies rather than discourages nuclear weapons, how can the nuclear club - the USA, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, South Africa and Israel - be persuaded to drop notions of deterrence? And how can the next entrants to the nuclear club - e.g. North Korea and Iran - be dissuaded from joining? While many have explored the need for nuclear disarmament, few have studied the obstacles to disarmament and the ways to overcome them. This book fills that gap. Under the direction of Jozef Goldblat, the distinguished arms control specialist, 17 renowned security scholars analyse the linkages between nuclear and non-nuclear weapons, as well as the linkage between conventional and nuclear disarmament. They define the prerequisites and the conditions for de-nuclearisation region-by-region and identify the political, technological and economic requirements to achieve a nuclear free world. For 50 years the sophistries of nuclear deterrence doctrine have obscured the reality that a resort to nuclear weapons is simply unthinkable. This book transforms the rationally unthinkable to the pragmatically undoable.
Obstacles to Banishing the Bomb