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Nuclear 'breakout': risks and possible responses

Mack, Andrew


Critics of nuclear weapons abolition have long argued that, in an ostensibly disarmed world, ‘rogue’ states could renege on their treaty commitments, secretly build nuclear arsenals, and then ‘breakout’ of the abolition treaty. The law-abiding majority would then be at the mercy of unscrupulous nuclear cheats. This paper critically analyses some of the most-discussed risks of nuclear ‘breakout’ from a denuclearised world. It argues that while these risks are real, they must be measured against...[Show more]

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Date published: 1997
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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