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Common Sense on Weapons of Mass Destruction

Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr.

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  • Published: 2004
  • Subject Listing: International Relations, Arms Control
  • Bibliographic information: 200 pp., glossary, timeline, 5.5 x 8.5 in.
  • Published with: Eisenhower Institute
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“Thomas Graham Jr. has cut right down to the essentials about mankind’s most dangerous weapons. The general public will be encouraged to demand better policies.” — Hans Blix

“If security and arms control seem arcane, this vivid, succinct guided tour by a master diplomat with decades of hands-on experience is the authoritative antidote.” — Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb

"An eminent expert, Thomas Graham writes for the layman and his message to the nuclear powers is searing: change course or risk self-destruction." - Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C. former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament

In our post-9/11 world of shoe bombers and cyberterrorism, a crude nuclear device no larger than a baseball could devastate a major city. As we live in fear of attacks of unknown proportion, why do people remain confused and complacent in the face of potential disaster?

Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr. believes that a tide of misinformation has led to the public’s lack of understanding of the vital issues. Here, in a straightforward and comprehensible style, Graham concisely provides the background necessary to understand the news and opinions surrounding WMDs. Common Sense on Weapons of Mass Destruction presents accessible, up-to-date facts on:
nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism
chemical and biological weapons
land mines and small arms
missile defense and WMDs in outer space
WMDs in the Middle East and Asia

Thomas Graham Jr. served for several decades as general counsel and acting director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. He was President Clinton's special ambassador for nuclear disarmament issues, and his work culminated in the agreement to indefinitely extend the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Graham is special counsel at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP in Washington, DC, and teaches classes in international law and arms control.
Contents
Foreword
Introduction
1. The Problems of Our Time: Nuclear Proliferation and Nuclear Terrorism
2. The Effects of Nuclear Weapons
3. An Overview of International Law and Arms Control
4. The Cornerstone of Security: The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
5. The Political Value of Nuclear Weapons
6. Stopping Nuclear Explosions: The Test Ban
7. Missile Defense
8. Outer Space
9. Cleaning Up After Past Wars: Land Mines and Small Arms
10. Poison Gas and Microbes: Chemical and Biological Weapons
11. Controlling Nuclear Materials: The Situation in Russia
12. Regional Issues: Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East and Nuclear Weapons in South and Northeast Asia
13. America's Role
Conclusion
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Appendix 1. Global Nuclear Status
Appendix 2. Global Nuclear Stockpiles
Appendix 3. Weapon Development Milestones
Chronology
Glossary
Index
Reviews