International Security Studies
The role that nuclear weapons play in international politics and security is evolving. For wealthy, militarily powerful countries, nuclear weapons are playing a diminishing role in security planning. Conversely, some countries that lack advanced military capabilities may be coming to see nuclear weapons as increasingly important for their security. The differences between these two groups are reinforced by the fact that, over the past decade, two dictators who ended their nuclear programs have lost their regimes and their lives. As a result, authoritarian leaders may now have an increasingly personal interest in holding on to their nuclear ambitions. U.S. interests can be advanced by minimizing the association that has developed over the past decade between ending nuclear weapons programs, ending regimes, and ending authoritarian leaders’ lives.
The UN nuclear watchdog has new information that Iran may have worked on making nuclear weapons. Public Policy Scholar Michael Adler reports on the IAEA's new confidential report, distributed Friday.
This two-day conference on December 8-9 will assess the 50 year old legacy of the Atoms for Peace Proposal and will also look ahead at its relevance for dealing with nuclear energy, nonproliferarion, arms control, and terrorism. Tune in to the webcast of the event beginning at 9 a.m. (ET) each morning.
This article appeared in the Winter 2003-2004 issue of Survival, The International Institute for Strategic Studies