Defense by Other Means: The Politics of US-NIS Threat Reduction and Nuclear Security Cooperation

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DEFENSE BY OTHER MEANS: The Politics of US-NIS Threat Reduction and Nuclear Security Cooperation, Jason D. Ellis, Praeger Publishers, Westport, CT, 2001, 221 pages, $67.95.

In Defense By Other Means: The Politics of US-NIS Threat Reduction and Nuclear Security Cooperation, Jason D. Ellis provides the background, evolution, and future forecasts for the Nunn-Lugar program. The program was a bipartisan initiative that sought to provide the Newly Independent States (NIS) of the former Soviet Union (FSU) assistance in denuclearizing their countries.

Ellis presents a detailed account of the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program, or Nunn-Lugar, since its initiation in 1991. He provides background information detailing the need for the program and the hurdles that stood in the program's way. He also outlines the problems of trying to execute such a complex program with countries that only a few years before had their nuclear weapons aimed at the United States. Ellis's descriptions of the ways various federal agencies conduct daily business regarding complex and proprietary issues provide insights applicable to any number of federal programs. …