Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Future of International Nonproliferation Policy

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COMBATING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION: The Future of International Nonproliferation Policy, edited by Nathan E. Busch and Daniel H. Joyner, The University of Georgia Press, Athens, 2009, 395 pages, $24.95.

Nathan E. Busch and Daniel H. Joyner have produced a well-crafted anthology on combating weapons of mass destruction. The operative word here is combating, not weapons of mass destruction. The anthology assumes a rudimentary acquaintance with chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological weapons and focuses on the questions, what is being done, what can be done, what should be done to respond to the weapons of mass destruction threat in the opening years of the 21st century? Busch and Joyner address the needs of two audiences: novices to the world of combating weapons of mass destruction in search of an answer to the anthology's central questions, and initiates searching for a "one-stop shop" overview of the state of play in combating weapons of mass destruction.

The thoughtful reader should bear in mind that the answer to the anthology's central question is in the eye of the beholder. Not everyone in the world views the problem of combating weapons of mass destruction through American eyes, or through eyes sympathetic to the American worldview. …