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The Next Nuclear Wave

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Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe

Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe
By Graham Allison
Times Books, 2004, 272 pp. $24.00 Purchase

The Nuclear Tipping Point: Why States Reconsider Their Nuclear Choices

The Nuclear Tipping Point: Why States Reconsider Their Nuclear Choices
Edited by Kurt M. Campbell, Robert Einhorn, and Mitchell Rei
Brookings Institution Press, 2004, 367 pp. $52.95 Purchase

The Future of Arms Control

The Future of Arms Control
By Michael A. Levi, Michael E. O'Hanlon
Brookings Institution Press, 2005, 180 pp. $44.95 Purchase

Not since the early days of the Cold War have proliferation experts and the general public been so attuned to the threat of nuclear weapons--and with good reason. There are more than 28,000 nuclear devices in existence today, more and more countries are acquiring the means to produce them, and there is mounting evidence that al Qaeda has every intention of using a nuclear weapon if only it can get its hands on one. Simply recognizing these dangers, however, is not a strategy for confronting them; workable remedies are sorely needed.

Nuclear threats fall into two basic categories. In the short term, nuclear terrorism poses the most acute risk. Once al Qaeda or another group possesses a weapon, deterring or preventing an attack will be all but impossible. Luck, as much as money and hard work, has helped prevent such an attack to date. A second, more complex danger stems from

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In This Review

Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe

Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe
By Graham Allison
Times Books, 2004, 272 pp. $24.00 Purchase

The Nuclear Tipping Point: Why States Reconsider Their Nuclear Choices

The Nuclear Tipping Point: Why States Reconsider Their Nuclear Choices
Edited by Kurt M. Campbell, Robert Einhorn, and Mitchell Rei
Brookings Institution Press, 2004, 367 pp. $52.95 Purchase

The Future of Arms Control

The Future of Arms Control
By Michael A. Levi, Michael E. O'Hanlon
Brookings Institution Press, 2005, 180 pp. $44.95 Purchase

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