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Nuclear Terrorism after 9/11 : Adelphi Paper - Robin M. Frost

Nuclear Terrorism after 9/11

Adelphi Paper

Paperback Published: 22nd December 2005
ISBN: 9780415399920
Number Of Pages: 88

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The very mention of nuclear terrorism is enough to rouse strong emotions, and understandably so, because it combines the most terrifying weapons and the scariest people in a single phrase. The possibility that terrorists could use nuclear weapons deserves the best possible analysis, but discussion has all too often has been contaminated with exaggeration, even hysteria, that flows in at least some cases from the political interests commentators have in exaggerating the terrorist threat. For example, it has been claimed that nuclear terrorism poses an "existential threat" to the United States.
This "Adelphi Paper "develops a more measured analysis of the risk of nuclear terrorism, defined here as the detonation by terrorists of a device with a true nuclear yield. It attacks the problem from two angles: the very considerable, possibly insurmountable technical challenges involved in getting a functional nuclear weapon, whether "home-made" or begged, borrowed, or stolen from a state arsenal, and the related question of the strategic, political, and psychological motivation to "go nuclear." It concludes, with some other writers, that nuclear terrorism is not a significant threat, and that, among terrorists, Muslim extremists are not the most likely to go use nuclear weapons.

The nuclear black market : 'loose' Russian tactical nuclear weaponsp. 17
Improvised nuclear devices : amateur and 'low end' weapon designp. 31
Terrorist psychology, motivation and strategy : terrorist psychologiesp. 42
Terrorist psychology, motivation and strategy : motivations and constraintsp. 45
Terrorist psychology, motivation and strategy : is al-Qaeda a nuclear threat?p. 55
Terrorism and nuclear deterrencep. 63
Dirty bombs : radiological dispersal and emission devices
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ISBN: 9780415399920
ISBN-10: 0415399920
Series: Adelphi Paper
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 88
Published: 22nd December 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1

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