Achieving Nuclear Ambitions: Scientists, Politicians, and by Jacques E. C. Hymans

By Jacques E. C. Hymans

Regardless of the worldwide unfold of nuclear and data, no less than half the nuclear guns tasks introduced because 1970 have definitively failed, or even the winning tasks have usually wanted way more time than anticipated. to give an explanation for this complicated slowdown in proliferation, Jacques E. C. Hymans specializes in the relatives among politicians and clinical and technical staff in constructing international locations. by means of undermining the staff' spirit of professionalism, constructing kingdom rulers accidentally thwart their very own nuclear goals. Combining wealthy theoretical research, in-depth historic case reports of Iraq, China, Yugoslavia and Argentina and insightful analyses of current-day proliferant states, reaching Nuclear objectives develops a strong new standpoint that successfully counters the frequent fears of a coming cascade of latest nuclear powers. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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As a result, every tin-pot dictator’s nuclear fantasy comes to seem like a pressing international security crisis. We can do better. Core hypotheses This book develops and tests a general theory of nuclear weapons project implementation. The theory starts at the micro level of politician–scientist relations, and then it situates the politician– scientist relationship in its wider, macro-level institutional context. First, at the micro level, I argue that a nuclear weapons project cannot be eficient if its scientiic and technical staff lacks a strong sense of intrinsic motivation to work tirelessly toward the goal at the highest technical standards.

Discussing the case of Libya, the Commission underscored that Libya’s key problem in its nuclear weapons project was not a lack of money, equipment, or materials, but rather of technical and managerial acumen. ”63 One might protest that although a state’s bureaucracy may be poorly performing in general, it will surely get all the attention and resources it needs to perform well on such a high-stakes matter as nuclear development. 64 This lamentable state of affairs is often commented on by analysts to highlight the threat of diversion of nuclear materials to terrorist groups, but it also suggests that these states are much less capable of going nuclear themselves than the analysts typically pronounce.

2 (spring 1990), esp. pp. 141–147; Avery Goldstein, “Discounting the Free Ride: Alliances and Security in the Postwar World,” International Organization Vol. 49, No. 1 (winter 1995), pp. 39–71. For a somewhat different view of the matter, which suggests that ideological factors may mediate the allies’ level of fear of abandonment, see Glenn H. Snyder, “The Security Dilemma in Alliance Politics,” World Politics Vol. 36, No. 4 (July 1984), esp. pp. 491–494. Charles A. Kupchan, “NATO and the Persian Gulf: Examining IntraAlliance Behavior,” International Organization Vol.

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