Accession Number : ADA264107


Title :   Nuclear Nonproliferation, Controls and U.S. Policy


Descriptive Note : Study rept.,


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Sasser, Roland E , Jr


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a264107.pdf


Report Date : 17 Mar 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 44


Abstract : The world has lived under a nuclear threat since the US used nuclear weapons in World War II. After the war, superpowers evolved that provided nuclear umbrellas to their alliances. The recent decline and breakup of the USSR was hailed by many as the notice that nuclear weapons could be greatly reduced and that the entire world would be a safer place. What has evolved, unfortunately, is a still dangerous and complex world where nations are scrambling for sovereignty, power and status with continued emphasis on nuclear weapons. The US is deeply involved in developing nonproliferation policy to encompass this new environment of a changed world structure and a new balance of power. This paper examines this problem in depth starting with the sheer magnitude of the problem and then delving into each of the more prominent nonproliferation controls measures. These measures are examined for advantages, disadvantages and applicability to US policy. The Iraq pursuit of nuclear weapons and the UN and US response and actions are examined as a case study to determine lessons learned for US policy. Finally, existing US policy is examined to allow suggestion of policy changes based on the paper research.


Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION , *ARMS CONTROL , *BALANCE OF POWER , NUCLEAR WEAPONS , FOREIGN POLICY , USSR , IRAQ , UNITED STATES , LESSONS LEARNED , THREATS , CASE STUDIES


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE