By Jeffrey R. Fields
This is the 1st book-length learn of why states occasionally forget about, oppose, or undermine parts of the nuclear nonproliferation regime—even as they officially aid it. Anchored by means of the Treaty at the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear guns, the nuclear nonproliferation regime is the constellation of agreements, projects, and norms that paintings in live performance to control nuclear fabric and expertise. The essays amassed right here express that attitudes on nonproliferation depend upon a “complex, contingent determination calculus,” as states always gauge how their activities in the regime will have an effect on exchange, neighborhood status, and different pursuits important to any nation.
The first 4 essays take theoretical techniques to such issues as a framework for figuring out demanding situations to collective motion; clandestine proliferation less than the Bush and Obama administrations and its impression on regime legitimacy; risk development as a lens in which to view resistance to nonproliferation measures; and the talk over the connection among nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation. Essays comprising the second one a part of the booklet use neighborhood and state-specific case experiences to examine how U.S. safety promises have an effect on the willingness of states to aid the regime; query the perceived spoiler position of a “vocal minority” in the Non-Aligned flow; problem notions that Russia is utilizing the regime to construct a coalition antagonistic to the U.S.; distinction nonproliferation options between Latin American nations; and clarify the lag in adoption of an extra Protocol by way of a few heart East and North African countries.
Getting nations to cooperate on nonproliferation efforts is an ongoing problem. those essays convey that good fortune needs to be measured not just via what percentage states subscribe to the trouble but additionally by means of how they take part after they join.