Without the Bomb: The Politics of Nuclear Nonproliferation

Mitchell Reiss, Author Columbia University Press $0 (337p) ISBN 978-0-231-06438-5
Conventional wisdom has long assumed that nuclear proliferation is inevitable. But as the author points out, the avowed nuclear powers have remained restricted to what he calls ""the original five'': the United States, the Soviet Union, France, Britain and China. In this well-researched study, Reiss isolates the sources of restraint in six countries capable of building and stockpiling a nuclear arsenal: Sweden, South Korea, Japan, Israel, South Africa and India. These restraints include domestic pressures, bilateral incentives and the consensus against nuclear weapons. The author provides a historical overview of nonproliferation, the role the United States has played in the six case-history countries and clarifies a little-understood phenomenon he describes as ``threatening to go nuclear, without actually doing so.'' Reiss has served both on the National Security Council and in the International Institute for Strategic Studies. (January)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1988
Release date: 01/01/1988
Paperback - 331 pages - 978-0-231-06439-2
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