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Atomic Assistance: How "Atoms for Peace" Programs Cause Nuclear Insecurity

Kevin P. Gallagher

Abstract

Nuclear technology is dual use in nature, meaning that it can be used to produce nuclear energy or to build nuclear weapons. Despite security concerns about proliferation, the United States and other nuclear nations have regularly shared with other countries nuclear technology, materials, and knowledge for peaceful purposes. This book argues that governments use peaceful nuclear assistance as a tool of economic statecraft. Nuclear suppliers hope that they can reap the benefits of foreign aid—improving relationships with their allies, limiting the influence of their adversaries, enhancing their ... More

Keywords: nuclear technology, nuclear energy, nuclear cooperation, foreign aid, nuclear weapons, peaceful nuclear assistance, economic statecraft, nuclear weapons programs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450907
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450907.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin P. Gallagher, author
Boston University