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The global threat of nuclear weapons is one of today’s key policy issues. Using a wide variety of sources, including recently declassified information, Nathan E. Busch offers detailed examinations of the nuclear programs in the United States, Russia, China, Iraq, India, and Pakistan, as well as the emerging programs in Iran and North Korea. He also assesses the current debates in international relations over the risks associated with the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the post–Cold War world.

Busch explores how our understanding of nuclear proliferation centers on theoretical disagreements about how best to explain and predict the behavior of states. His study bridges the gap between theory and empirical evidence by determining whether countries with nuclear weapons have adequate controls over their nuclear arsenals and fissile material stockpiles (such as highly enriched uranium and plutonium). Analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of various systems of nuclear weapons regulation, Busch projects what types of controls proliferating states are likely to employ and assesses the threat posed by the possible theft of fissile materials by aspiring nuclear states or by terrorists.

No End in Sight provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of issues at the forefront of contemporary international affairs. With the resurgence of the threat of nuclear terrorism, Busch’s insights and conclusions will prove critical to understanding the implications of nuclear proliferation.

Nathan E. Busch is visiting assistant professor in the School of Public and International Affairs and senior research associate at the Center for International Trade and Security at the University of Georgia.

"He provides thorough . . . accounts of the ongoing nuclear weapons programs of a number of states, including China, Pakistan, North Korea, and Iran"—International History Review

"“On the whole, this work has a great deal of utility. While there are many works available on nuclear proliferation, Busch’s work is timely with ongoing international events.”"—David J. Schepp, Air Power History

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The University Press of Kentucky

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Lexington, KY






Nuclear proliferation, Nuclear weapons


International Relations

No End in Sight: The Continuing Menace of Nuclear Proliferation
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