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On-Site Inspection in Theory and Practice: A Primer on Modern Arms Control Regimes
On-Site Inspection in Theory and Practice: A Primer on Modern Arms Control Regimes
By George L. Rueckert
Praeger, 1998, 275 pp

One of the most interesting features of modern arms control is its reliance on on-site inspection -- a particularly intrusive, expensive, and comprehensive way of making sure that countries live up to their commitments. The author served in the U.S. government for 27 years, including a stint as first deputy director of the U.S. On-Site Inspection Agency. No exciting reading here, but rather a primer on the nuts and bolts of peering closely at another country's tanks, factories, and leaking chemical weapons stockpiles.