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Nuclear Terrorism

A Threat Assessment for the Twenty-First Century

Nuclear Terrorism by Gavin Cameron
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Will the twenty-first century see terrorists with nuclear capability? How likely is it that terrorists will obtain weapons of mass destruction? What factors would determine their decision to use them? Gavin Cameron assesses the causes for, and implications of, the escalating lethality of terrorism. He considers, from a psychological and organizational perspective, why groups resort to political violence, why they find it exceptionally difficult to move away from using terrorism, and how this affects their propensity to increase the level of violence that they employ. This is then placed in the context of the growing opportunities for nuclear proliferation and nuclear smuggling, arising predominantly from the collapse of the Soviet Union. The book concludes that the organizational and psychological pressures within terrorist groups and the changing nature of political violence, combined with the heightened danger of nuclear micro-proliferation, have made mass-destructive terrorism the greatest non-traditional threat to international security in the world today.
Palgrave Macmillan; April 1999
216 pages; ISBN 9780230599222
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Title: Nuclear Terrorism
Author: Gavin Cameron
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