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Better Safe Than SorryThe Ironies of Living with the Bomb$
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Michael Krepon

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760638

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760638.001.0001

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Master Builders and Deconstructionists

Master Builders and Deconstructionists

(p.1) 1 Master Builders and Deconstructionists
Better Safe Than Sorry
Stanford University Press

The global system was developed to forbid any form of nuclear proliferation which could be connected to a construction project. The building's load-bearing walls consist of agreements, rules, and norms designed to prevent proliferation. The development of this global system was one of the great accomplishments of the Cold War. The structure built to preclude proliferation during the first nuclear age did not consider the new members of the nuclear club or the threat of nuclear terrorism. The jaundiced views about the efficiency of global nonproliferation norms and the utility of treaties were defined by the inner circle of the George W. Bush administration. The administration also expanded the geographic scope of programs to offer training and equipment to prevent proliferation. It concluded that the Nonproliferation Treaty needed to be propped up and that a more proactive approach was important in light of the new threats of proliferation and nuclear terrorism.

Keywords:   global system, nuclear proliferation, construction project, Cold War, nuclear terrorism, global nonproliferation, George W. Bush, Nonproliferation Treaty

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