Magazine article Security Management

Shopping for Bombs: Nuclear Proliferation, Global Insecurity, and the Rise and Fall of the A. Q. Kahn Network

Magazine article Security Management

Shopping for Bombs: Nuclear Proliferation, Global Insecurity, and the Rise and Fall of the A. Q. Kahn Network

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***** Shopping for Bombs: Nuclear Proliferation, Global Insecurity, and the Rise and Fall of the A. Q. Kahn Network. By Gordon Corera; published by Oxford University Press, USA www.oup.com/us (Web); 288 pages; $28.

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When I saw the newspaper headlines in my hotel in The Hague--something about a guy named Kahn stealing nuclear secrets from a laboratory a couple hours away--the story didn't mean much to me. I had never heard of Ultra Centrifuge Nederland and didn't know that A. Q. Kahn was a key link to bomb projects in Pakistan, North Korea, Iran, Iraq, and Libya.

This book details Kahn's role in stealing uranium centrifuge plans, becoming the father of the bomb in Pakistan, then selling his nuclear knowledge for hundreds of millions to the highest bidders. The author also goes into details of the race between western intelligence agencies and the Kahn network.

One of book's most interesting elements is its account of the international effort to stop Libya's fast moving nuclear program. Western authorities knew late n 2003 that a secret Malaysian supplier was providing critical parts to Libya's effort. …

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