Nuclear Politics

Major Works

Edited by: Maria Rost Rublee & Ramesh Thakur

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2014 |
    • Online Publication Date: December 23, 2014 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781473915527 |
    • Print ISBN: 9781446282137 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781473915527 |
    • Series: SAGE Library of International Relations |
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Abstract

While the Cold War ended more than two decades ago and global nuclear stockpiles have shrunk dramatically, there are still around 18,000 nuclear warheads distributed among nine nuclear armed states. Against the backdrop of continual political tensions and conflict, the nuclear issue will continue to dominate headlines for several decades into the future.

This new four-volume Major Work explores this important issue and aims to introduce readers to the key arguments and authors in the field. With such a wide variety of theoretical approaches and substantive topics under the umbrella of nuclear politics, this collection will not only allow the reader to peruse the diverse explanations for the regime, proliferation, nonproliferation and disarmament, it will also guide them through the intellectual history of the field.

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  • Editors’ Introduction: Nuclear Politics
    MariaRostRublee and RameshThakur

    While the Cold War ended more than two decades ago and global nuclear stockpiles have shrunk dramatically, there are still around 17,000 nuclear warheads distributed among nine nuclear armed states. Of these, 2,000 Russian and US nuclear weapons remain on dangerously high alert. Even more worrying, the balance of nuclear risks has grown with a higher probability of nuclear weapons actually being used. More states, in more unstable regions, possess nuclear weapons now than during the Cold War. Even a “limited” regional nuclear war could have catastrophic global consequences. The possibility of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, with the attendant risk of a cascade of proliferation across the Middle East, is real. There is a similar fear that any formal ...

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