Preventing Black-Market Trade in Nuclear Technology

June 7, 2018
Matthew Bunn, William C. Potter, Leonard S. Spector, Martin B. Malin

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Every nuclear weapons program for decades has relied extensively on illicit imports of nuclear-related technologies. This book offers the most detailed public account of how states procure what they need to build nuclear weapons, what is currently being done to stop them, and how global efforts to prevent such trade could be strengthened. While illicit nuclear trade can never be stopped completely, effective steps to block illicit purchases of nuclear technology have sometimes succeeded in slowing nuclear weapons programs and increasing their costs, giving diplomacy more chance to work. Hence, this book argues, preventing illicit transfers wherever possible is a key element of an effective global nonproliferation strategy.

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Co-edited by Matthew Bunn (Harvard University), William C. Potter (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey), Leonard S. Spector (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey), and Martin B. Malin (Harvard University).

Advance praise for Preventing Black-Market Trade in Nuclear Technology:

“A compelling analysis of the failures of policy, intelligence, law enforcement and private sector governance in the past, and the continuing challenges facing the control of illicit nuclear technology transfers. This book is a sharply focused and intensely practical contribution to solving one of the world’s most dangerous problems, and policymakers will ignore it at their peril.”

Gareth Evans – Former Australian Foreign Minister, Co-chair of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament
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