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Smuggling Armageddon; The Nuclear Black Marker in the Former Soviet Union and Europe

Lee, Rensselaer W., III

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ISBN 10: 0312211562 / ISBN 13: 9780312211561
Published by St. Martin's Press, New York, 1998
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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xvii, [1], 200, [6] pages. Acronyms. Tables. Figures. Appendix. Notes. Bibliography. Index. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Rensselaer (Rens) W. Lee III, a Senior Fellow at FPRI, is president of Global Advisory Services, a McLean, Virginia-based consulting firm. He is the author of Russia's Far East: New Dynamics in Asia Pacific and Beyond, Smuggling Armageddon: the Nuclear Black Market in the Former Soviet Union and Europe, and of numerous scholarly articles. Dr. Lee received his doctoral degree from Stanford University. He has performed overseas contract assignments for the State Department, the Department of Energy, the World Bank, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and other agencies, which have encompassed Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Caribbean, and much of South America. During 2002-03, he worked as a research analyst at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, where he produced major reports on terrorist finance, nuclear smuggling and Afghanistan's opium-heroin trade. "Smuggling Armageddon" looks at one of the most troubling international concerns of the 1990s and beyond: the illegal trade in nuclear materials that has erupted in the Newly-Independent States and Europe since the collapse of the former Soviet Union. Rensselaer Lee raises the seldom-asked question of whether such traffic poses a threat of consequence to international security and stability while showing readers a Russia beset with a variety of criminal proliferation channels, increasingly sophisticated smuggling operations, and nuclear stockpiles with breached security. "Smuggling Armageddon" is sure to provoke controversy and raise the specter of nuclear destruction once again. First Edition [Stated], First Printing [Stated]. Bookseller Inventory # 74038

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Title: Smuggling Armageddon; The Nuclear Black ...

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Smuggling Armageddon looks at one of the most important and troubling international concerns of the 1990s and beyond: the illegal trade in nuclear materials that has erupted in the Newly-Independent States (NIS) and Europe since the collapse of the former Soviet Union. Lee raises the central yet seldom-asked question of whether such traffic poses a threat of consequence to international security and stability. Lee unveils a grim picture that shows a Russia characterized by a variety of criminal proliferation channels, a Russia where smuggling operations are becoming progressively more sophisticated, and a Russia whose nuclear stockpiles already may have suffered serious leakages of weapons-usable materials. Lee’s groundbreaking study then concludes by assessing the implications of study findings for U.S. policy and by offering insights on the future of the NIS smuggling industry. Smuggling Armageddon is a book that is sure to provoke controversy and to raise the specter of nuclear destruction once again.

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The fall of the Soviet Republic and the resulting economic recession has created a huge surge in illicit activity as a desperate population struggles to simply survive. To those in the West, the most significant factor in this new wave of crime is the illegal movement of nuclear material, documented by Foreign Policy Research Institute associate Rensselaer W. Lee III in Smuggling Armageddon. In a concise report, Lee brings us to the terrifying conclusion that there is genuine cause for alarm.

Smuggling Armageddon is meticulously researched and carefully attested to--the author makes it very clear when enough information doesn't exist to draw concrete conclusions. Lee understatedly describes a dichotomy of nuclear crime in the modern-day Soviet states: inept would-be smugglers who sell bogus material coexist with the real threat of high-level corruption and a shadow network with both access to fissionable materials and the ability to move them undetected. Smuggling Armageddon is a wake-up call for the United States, demanding a decisive change in existing counterproliferation strategies. --Brendan J. LaSalle

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