By Eric Schlosser,Sven Scheer,Rita Seuß

Arkansas, 18. September 1980, abends: Bei Routinearbeiten an einer gefechtsbereiten Titan-II-Rakete rutscht einem Arbeiter ein Schraubenschlüssel aus der Hand. »O Mann, das ist nicht gut”, ist sein erster Gedanke. Das Missgeschick führt zu einer Kettenreaktion, der größte je gebaute Atomsprengkopf droht zu explodieren …
Weltweit sind Tausende von Atomsprengköpfen stationiert. Viele von ihnen werden rund um die Uhr gefechtsbereit gehalten, damit sie innerhalb einer Minute starten und eine unvorstellbare Verwüstung anrichten können. used to be das für die Soldaten in den unterirdischen Bunkern heißt und welche Gefahren von den scharfen Atomwaffen ausgehen, ist uns kaum bewusst. Der Journalist und Bestseller-Autor Eric Schlosser deckt in diesem zeithistorischen mystery auf der Grundlage von geheimen Unterlagen des Verteidigungsministeriums und Interviews mit Augenzeugen einen dramatischen Unfall in einem Atomwaffensilo der united states auf, der um ein Haar mehrere amerikanische Großstädte vernichtet hätte. In diesen Krimi einer am Ende gerade noch gelungenen Rettung flicht er die Geschichte der amerikanischen Atomrüstung ein. Er erzählt, wie Raketen und Sprengköpfe rund um die Uhr abschussbereit gehalten werden und wie die Menschen ticken, die ihr Leben für die Sicherheit der Massenvernichtungswaffen einsetzen. Eine spektakuläre Geschichte des Kalten Krieges und der Atomrüstung «von unten»: aus der Sicht der Soldaten in den Silos, die mit einem falschen Handgriff die Apokalypse auslösen können.

«Atemberaubend, … mitreißend … Eric Schlosser verbindet profunde Informationen mit der Erzählung haarsträubender information zu zahlreichen Unfällen und zeigt, dass auch die besten Kontrollsysteme nicht menschlichen Fehlern, Missgeschicken und der wachsenden technologischen Komplexität gewachsen sind.» Publisher’s Weekly

»Ebenso anschaulich wie erschütternd … Eine umfassende und beunruhigende Untersuchung über die phantasm der Sicherheit von Atomwaffen.” Kirkus Reviews

«Die weltweiten Atwomwaffenarsenale sind nicht so sicher, wie sie sein sollten – das ist die Botschaft dieses faszinierenden und aufwühlenden Buches.» Lee H. Hamilton, ehemaliger Kongress-Abgeordneter der united states und Co-Vorsitzender der Blue Ribbon fee on America’s Nuclear Future

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By Jennifer Clapp,Marc J. Cohen

the worldwide foodstuff problem is a stark reminder of the fragility of the worldwide nutrition method. The international nutrition drawback: Governance demanding situations and Opportunities captures the controversy approximately the best way to move ahead and examines the consequences of the hindrance for nutrition safeguard within the world’s poorest international locations, either for the worldwide setting and for the worldwide ideas and associations that govern meals and agriculture.

during this quantity, policy-makers and students examine the factors and results of the newest foodstuff fee volatility and think about the linked governance demanding situations and possibilities, together with temporary emergency responses, the ecological dimensions of the quandary, and the longer-term aim of establishing sustainable international nutrition platforms. The strategies comprise enormously expanding public funding in small-farm agriculture; reforming worldwide meals relief and nutrition learn associations; developing fairer foreign agricultural alternate ideas; selling sustainable agricultural equipment; putting agriculture better at the post-Kyoto weather swap schedule; revamping biofuel rules; and adorning overseas agricultural policy-making.

Co-published with the Centre for foreign Governance Innovation

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By Forrest E. Morgan

To successfully deal with a global trouble, the USA needs to stability its threats with restraint. It needs to posture forces in ways in which deter aggression with no implying that an assault is approaching, whereas restricting its personal vulnerability to shock assault. A RAND learn sought to spot which long-range strike assets--strike combatants, bombers, ballistic missiles, cruise missiles--offer functions so much conducive to stabilizing such crises.

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By Roland Popp,Liviu Horovitz,Andreas Wenger

This quantity bargains a serious old overview of the negotiation of the Treaty at the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear guns (NPT) and of the origins of the nonproliferation regime.


The NPT has been signed by means of one hundred ninety states and was once indefinitely prolonged in 1995, rendering it the main winning palms regulate treaty in historical past. however, little is understood concerning the motivations and strategic calculi of a number of the heart and small powers in regard to their final selection to hitch the treaty regardless of its discriminatory nature. whereas the NPT remains to be imperative to present nonproliferation efforts, its underlying mechanisms stay under-researched. in response to newly declassified archival resources and utilizing formerly inaccessible facts, the contributions during this quantity study the underlying rationales of the explicit positions taken by way of quite a few states through the NPT negotiations. ranging from a serious appraisal of our present wisdom of the genesis of the nonproliferation regime, members from different nationwide and disciplinary backgrounds specialize in either eu and non-European states with a purpose to improve our knowing of the way the worldwide nuclear order got here into being.


This e-book should be of a lot curiosity to scholars of nuclear proliferation, chilly warfare background, protection stories and IR.

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By Clark Murdock,Samuel J. Brannen,Thomas Karako,Angela Weaver

Project Atom is a forward-looking, “blue-sky” evaluation of U.S. nuclear procedure and posture in a 2025-2050 international within which nuclear guns are nonetheless worthy. The file highlights and addresses the present deficit in nationwide protection recognition paid to the continuing relevance and value of U.S. nuclear method and strength posture, offers a brand new open-source baseline for realizing the nuclear ideas of different international locations, and provides a reputable, intellectually confirmed, and nonpartisan diversity of innovations for the U.S. to contemplate in revising its personal nuclear strategy.

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By Ted Piccone,Steven Pifer,Thomas Wright

President Obama has simply 3 years left in workplace to outline his legacy in international affairs. he is dealing with a few severe challenges—the ongoing warfare in Syria, the Iran nuclear negotiations, an enigmatic North Korea and different major crises in global affairs. The president's advisors are busy devising coverage options geared toward grappling with those thorny matters. From those, the president needs to make a decision which priorities to pursue and the way to top workout U.S. energy and effect to regulate and form the worldwide order.

This booklet provides a collection of coverage research and proposals from The international coverage students on the Brookings establishment. Designed to supply the White condominium with cutting edge and actionable coverage projects, the e-book is developed as a chain of memos to President Obama. This yr, the memos are divided into 5 categories:

• monstrous Bets are matters the place the president should still think about making an investment his strength, time and status in significant efforts which may have a transformational impression on the United States and the area. • Double Downs are derived from the massive Bets from final year's techniques that the president should still redouble his efforts on.

• Black Swans are these low-probability yet high-impact occasions which may divert the president and his administration's better reasons, resembling dramatic damaging occasions that he'll are looking to take steps prematurely to prevent or to mitigate their consequences.

• Nightmares are occasions that glance much more likely than a Black Swan and will turn out really difficult for U.S. pursuits and the worldwide order, and for which the management should still prepare.

• Holds are up-to-date coverage innovations to stick the direction on ways recommended final year.

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By Aiden Warren

This booklet comprehensively outlines and evaluates the major Obama nuclear guns rules, advancements and projects from 2008–2012. starting with the administration’s imaginative and prescient and pursuits posited within the 2009 Prague Speech and reaffirmed within the nationwide defense technique of 2010, the publication assesses the congressionally mandated Nuclear Posture evaluate, the hot begin Treaty, the pursuit of entire Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty ratification, the Proliferation safety Initiative, the Fissile fabric Cut-off Treaty, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation evaluate convention, the worldwide Nuclear safeguard Summit – and the level to which Obama, within the context of such tasks, has truly upheld the lofty pursuits posited in Prague and differentiated himself from the nuclear direction pursued by way of the Bush management. also, the e-book evaluates the Obama Administration’s dealings with different states within the context of its nuclear guns coverage – particularly, North Korea, Iran, Pakistan, Israel, India, and China.



Offering a accomplished research of the present prestige of the U.S. nuclear guns technique, this quantity can be of significant curiosity to students and scholars of yank overseas coverage, protection stories and overseas relations.

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By Sara Z. Kutchesfahani

Epistemic groups signify networks of knowledge-based specialists that aid articulate cause-and-effect relationships of advanced difficulties, outline the self-interests of a country, or formulate particular guidelines for country determination makers.   besides the fact that, the function of those scientists and a professional execs in nuclear coverage formula is poorly understood. 


Thoroughly documented and making very good use of resource fabric, Politics and the Bomb offers refreshingly new empirical facts and theoretical research of the significance of scientists and specialists in the back of the production of recent non-proliferation agreements.  easily no longer one other e-book on nuclear proliferation, Sara Z. Kutchesfahani explores the diversities within the emergence, composition, and effect mechanisms of the epistemic groups in the back of the nuclear non-proliferation coverage formula in Brazilian-Argentine organisation for Accounting and regulate of Nuclear fabrics (ABACC) and the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative risk relief (CTR) software. In doing so she eloquently demonstrates how the position of those non-proliferation specialists bring about the potential of developing greater non-proliferation rules sooner or later and tricks on the have to maintain non-proliferation epistemic groups in all international locations that may offer enter to the worldwide proliferation challenge until eventually it's solved.

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By Susanna Schrafstetter,Stephen Twigge

From the destruction of Hiroshima to the realization of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1968, the foreign group struggled to halt the nuclear palms race and to avoid the annihilation of humanity. This research deals an available and authoritative account of ecu coverage during this severe measurement of worldwide politics. How a lot impression did Europeans exert in Washington? Why have been eu targets frequently at variance with U.S. expectancies? To what quantity did differing nationwide agendas on non-proliferation reason friction in the Western Alliance? Schrafstetter and Twigge research 5 projects designed to avoid or restrain the nuclear fingers race: the overseas choice, the economic alternative, the ethical choice, the multilateral alternative, and the felony alternative. Their conclusions convey the level to which non-proliferation coverage ruled ecu politics and the transatlantic relationship.

The overseas alternative makes a speciality of early UN plans for overseas keep watch over of atomic strength (1946-48). the industrial choice assesses the impact of Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace concept of 1953 and the effect of civil nuclear strength. the ethical choice charts overseas makes an attempt to outlaw the trying out of nuclear guns, leading to the 1963 Partial try out Ban Treaty. The multilateral choice discusses the function of collective nuclear forces in addressing West German calls for for nuclear equality inside of NATO. The criminal alternative explores British, French, and West German attitudes to nuclear disarmament and charts the overseas force to prevent the unfold of nuclear guns culminating within the signing of the Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1968. in the course of the research, consciousness is concentrated at the function of the eu powers and their impression on either Washington and Moscow.

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By Ian Bellany

With the 2005 overview convention of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty within the history, this publication offers a completely designated yet available and exact advent to the technical points of nuclear strength and nuclear guns for the professional and non-specialist alike. It considers nuclear guns from various views, together with the know-how viewpoint, which perspectives them as spillovers from nuclear power programmes; and the theoretical viewpoint, which appears on the collision among nationwide and overseas safeguard - the safety predicament - focused on nuclear proliferation. It goals to illustrate that foreign safeguard is not going to profit from encouraging the unfold of nuclear guns other than in occasions the place the protection advanced is already mostly nuclearised.

The political constraints on nuclear unfold as recommendations to the safety issue also are tested in 3 associated different types, together with an surprisingly complete dialogue of the phenomenon of nuclear-free zones, with specific emphasis at the region protecting Latin the US. The remarkably constant anti-proliferation rules of the united states from Baruch to Bush are debated and the nuclear non-proliferation treaty itself, with precise awareness paid to the overseas atomic energy's safeguards procedure is frankly appraised.

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