Title: The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: a Debate
Publisher: W. W. Norton, New York, London
Publication Date: 1995
Edition: 1st Edition
x, 160p., original cloth. Bookseller Inventory # 018385
Synopsis: Post-Cold War relations demand a new understanding of the threat of nuclear weapons. If the buildup of nuclear weapons was a significant factor in maintaining the "long peace" between the United States and the Soviet Union, will the spread of nuclear weapons beyond the superpowers stabilize or disrupt international relations?In this book, two major scholars of international politics debate the issue. Kenneth Waltz argues that the fear of the spread of nuclear weapons is unfounded: "More may be better." Nuclear proliferation may be a stabilizing force, as it decreases the likelihood of war by increasing its costs. Scott Sagan disagrees that nuclear proliferation will make the world less stable: "More will be worse." Nuclear-armed states may not possess the internal organizational structures that would ensure safe and rational control of nuclear weapons.The general public has long been fascinated with, and frightened by, nuclear power. Written for a general audience, this short and absorbing book will help the public better understand the role of nuclear weapons in the new world order.
Review: "In 'The Spread of Nuclear Weapons', Scott D. Sagan and Kenneth N. Waltz engage in a lively debate over whether nuclear proliferation is in fact a danger to international peace....[A] clear, thorough and balanced approach, [the book leaves] it to the reader to make the final judgment whether proliferation is a blessing or a curse."
Lawrence J. Korb, New York Times Book Review, 5/28/95
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