Fischer was present at the creation of the International Atomic Energy Agency. His survey, centering on the role of the Nonproliferation Treaty, is detailed, full of source material, and optimistic. Cause for concern about the familiar nuclear suspects is balanced, for example, by South Africa's accession to the NPT and, more fundamentally, by the prospect that waning of great power reliance on nuclear deterrence will abet the psychological barriers to proliferation.
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