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International Cooperation on WMD Nonproliferation

International Cooperation on WMD Nonproliferation by Jeffrey W. Knopf
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International efforts to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD)—including nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons—rest upon foundations provided by global treaties such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Over time, however, states have created a number of other mechanisms for organizing international cooperation to promote nonproliferation. Examples range from regional efforts to various worldwide export-control regimes and nuclear security summit meetings initiated by U.S. president Barack Obama. Many of these additional nonproliferation arrangements are less formal and have fewer members than the global treaties.

International Cooperation on WMD Nonproliferation calls attention to the emergence of international cooperation beyond the core global nonproliferation treaties. The contributors examine why these other cooperative nonproliferation mechanisms have emerged, assess their effectiveness, and ask how well the different pieces of the global nonproliferation regime complex fit together. Collectively, the essayists show that states have added new forms of international cooperation to combat WMD proliferation for multiple reasons, including the need to address new problems and the entrepreneurial activities of key state leaders. Despite the complications created by the existence of so many different cooperative arrangements, this collection shows the world is witnessing a process of building cooperation that is leading to greater levels of activity in support of norms against WMD and terrorism.

Contributors: Emma Belcher, Wyn Q. Bowen, Gavin Cameron, Francesca Giovannini, Michael Hamel-Green, Alan Heyes, Scott A. Jones, Togzhan Kassenova, Jeffrey W. Knopf, Alan J. Kuperman, Sara Z. Kutchesfahani, Tanya Ogilvie-White, David Santoro, Elizabeth Turpen

University of Georgia Press; February 2016
344 pages; ISBN 9780820348919
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Title: International Cooperation on WMD Nonproliferation
Author: Jeffrey W. Knopf
 
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0820348910
9780820345277
9780820348919