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Atomic AssistanceHow "Atoms for Peace" Programs Cause Nuclear Insecurity$
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Matthew Fuhrmann

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450907

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450907.001.0001

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Unintended Consequences in International Politics

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Atomic Assistance

Matthew Fuhrmann

Cornell University Press

This book explores the history of peaceful nuclear cooperation, with particular emphasis on atoms for peace and how they unintentionally become atoms for war. It tackles the use of economic statecraft to achieve foreign policy objectives and the unintended consequences of tools of international influence. It considers why nuclear weapons suppliers provide peaceful nuclear assistance to other countries and whether peaceful nuclear assistance raises the likelihood of nuclear weapons proliferation. It also examines whether international institutions have influenced the nuclear marketplace and effectively separated the peaceful and military uses of the atom. The book focuses on the Pakistani-based A. Q. Khan network—which provided nuclear technology to help Iran, Libya, and North Korea build nuclear weapons—and other cases of deliberate proliferation assistance. It suggests that policymakers should rethink some of their policies on nonproliferation and peaceful nuclear cooperation.

Keywords:   peaceful nuclear cooperation, atoms for peace, economic statecraft, foreign policy, nuclear weapons suppliers, peaceful nuclear assistance, A. Q. Khan network, nuclear technology, nuclear weapons

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