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Confronting the Spector of Nuclear Terrorism

Volume 607

Book, ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

September 2006

Author: Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security



Most world leaders agree that nuclear terrorism represents the gravest international security challenge today. Many scholars and practitioners, however, argue that the United States remains ill-prepared to cope with this serious and real threat. What role should the U.S. play in confronting and combating this danger? Is nuclear terrorism preventable? What steps have the U.S. already taken to prevent a nuclear catastrophe and what future steps should the U.S. government take? Esteemed scholars, scientists and policymakers address these crucial questions from all sides - strategic, tactical, ideological, and technical.Employing several vantage points, this special issue of The ANNALS clarifies and assesses the threat of a nuclear terrorist attack and examines possible solutions for preventing such a catastrophic event. The papers in this volume take a comprehensive historical look at the development of the threat of nuclear terrorism, and assesses how that threat has changed over time. The highly distinguished list of contributors to this thought-provoking issue provides readers with an authoritative overview of this critical and timely topic. Students, scholars, policymakers, and practitioners will find this collection a valuable resource for understanding the current threat level of nuclear terrorism as well as practical recommendations for reducing the risk of a nuclear terrorist attack.


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For Academic Citation:

Allison, Graham, Special Editor. Confronting the Spector of Nuclear Terrorism. Philadelphia: ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, September 2006.

Document Length: 204 pp.

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Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe

Graham Allison, founding dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a former top official at the Pentagon, and one of America’s leading scholars of nuclear strategy and national security, presents the evidence and argument that led him to two provocative conclusions: a nuclear terrorist attack on an American city is inevitable on our current course and speed, but preventable if we act now. 

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