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Attacking Nuclear Facilities: Hype or Genuine Threat?


Attacking Nuclear Facilities: Hype or Genuine Threat?

Abstract: 

Nuclear terrorism is perceived as one of the most immediate and extreme threats to global security today. While the international community has made important progress in securing fissile material, there are still important steps to be made with nearly 2,000 metric tons of weapons-usable nuclear material spread around the globe. The volume addresses this complex phenomenon through an interdisciplinary approach: legal, criminal, technical, diplomatic, cultural, economic, and political. Despite this cross-disciplinary approach, however, the chapters are all linked by the overarching aim of enhancing knowledge of nuclear security and the prevention of nuclear terrorism. The volume aims to do this by investigating the different types of nuclear terrorism, and subsequently discussing the potential means to prevent these malicious acts. In addition, there is a discussion of the nuclear security regime, in general, and an important examination of both its strengths and weaknesses. In summary, the book aims to extend the societal and political debate about the threat of nuclear terrorism.

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Full Citation: 

Ackerman, Gary and James Halverson. 2016. "Attacking Nuclear Facilities: Hype or Genuine Threat?" In Nuclear Terrorism: Countering the Threat, eds. Brecht Volders and Tom Sauer. New York: Routledge. https://books.google.com/books?id=UFmpCwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Nuclear+Terrorism:+Countering+the+Threat&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwik88yDiuPRAhXr24MKHc7JDG4Q6AEIKjAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

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