Magazine article Arms Control Today

State Behavior and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime

Magazine article Arms Control Today

State Behavior and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime

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State Behavior and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime Jeffrey R. Fields, ed., University of Georgia Press, 2014, 321 pp.

This collection of 10 essays examines the basis for states' decisions to support or resist global nonproliferation efforts after a decision to join the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). In his introduction, Jeffrey Fields, the book's editor, notes that states-parties to the NPT are not required to support the many additional measures that have been negotiated to buttress the nonproliferation regime, such as the Model Additional Protocol, which grants the International Atomic Energy Agency expanded rights of access to nuclear information and sites, and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. The ensuing chapters consider different factors in state nonproliferation behavior, including threat perception, "free riding," security guarantees, and resource constraints and economic interests. …

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