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Princeton Project on National Security
Nonproliferation

Readings

National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction, The White House, Office of the Press Secretary (December 2002)

"Unraveling the A. Q. Khan and Future Proliferation Networks" by David Albright and Corey Hinderstein. The Washington Quarterly, Spring 2005, 28:2 pp. 111-128.
The nuclear smuggling ring headed by Abdul Qadeer Khan was only recently shut down after nearly two decades of successfully spreading nuclear technologies to rogue states like Libya. The authors make a broad range of recommendations on how the US can best achieve its foreign policy goal of nuclear nonproliferation.

"Stratcom Chief Says Defense Requires A Global Approach" by Henry J. Cordes, Omaha World-Herald, 5 March 2005.
Cordes reports on Marine General James E. Cartwright's idea that, in order to combat weapons of mass destruction, the United States must employ a global approach. Rather than exercise attempts at isolation like shutting borders, the government should follow the example of American business and look at the global security scene to stop terrorism before it gets anywhere near American borders.

"The Bush Administration and Nonproliferation: A New Strategy Emerges" Testimony of Joseph Cirincione before the House International Relations Committee (Tuesday, March 30, 2004)

"A Duty to Prevent" by Lee Feinstein and Anne-Marie Slaughter. Foreign Affairs Jan/Feb2004, Vol. 83 Issue 1, p136.
The unprecedented threat posed by terrorists and rogue states armed with weapons of mass destruction cannot be handled by an outdated and poorly enforced nonproliferation regime. The international community has a duty to prevent security disasters as well as humanitarian ones -- even at the price of violating sovereignty.

"WMD in Iraq: Evidence and Implications" by Joseph Cirincione, Jessica T. Mathews, and George Perkovich with Alexis Orton. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (January 8, 2004)
This new Carnegie Report studies what the intelligence community understood about Iraq's WMD programs before the war and outlines policy reforms designed to improve threat assessments, deter transfer of WMD to terrorists, and avoid politicization of the intelligence process.

"Controlling Dangerous Pathogens" by John D. Steinbruner and Elisa D. Harris. Issues in Science and Technology, Spring 2003.
Advanced medical research on pathogens can unintentionally create deadly new germs. While controls exist to regulate access to current pathogens, most of those regulations are directed against the deliberate misuse of science and not the accidental mistakes that could occur. Microbiological research is conducted on a global scale, and therefore global rules are needed to limit the dangers posed by experiments with dangerous pathogens.

"Overhauling Counterproliferation" testimony of Ashton Carter before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (March 10, 2003)

"Dreaded Risks and the Control of Biological Weapons" by Jessica Stern. International Security, Vol. 27, No. 3, Winter 2002/03, pp. 89-123.

Links

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Non Proliferation Project

Nuclear Threat Initiative/Belfer Center Project on Managing the Atom/Saferworld

 

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