Atlantic Voices | Nuclear Security

Atlantic Voices, Volume 5, Issue 11 – November 2015

The introduction of nuclear weapons into a state’s arsenal decisively changed the context of international relations and means of warfare. From the beginning, this new weaponry needed to be controlled and regulated, as illustrated by the number of treaties limiting the number of nuclear warheads, enriched uranium and conduct of weapon testing. Despite the various regulations, proliferation of nuclear weapons has been a major concern for most of the second half of the 20th century. This has been a particular concern on the part of the international community regarding rogue states such as North Korea, Libya, Syria and Iraq.

Perhaps more concerning is the risk posed by non-state actors who could potentially acquire nuclear and fissile materials through black market trade and/or illicit smuggling. Moreover, the threat of a terrorism organization attaining nuclear weapons  is much harder to address.

This issue will analyze the implications posed to nuclear security as a result of the recent deal between Iran and the P5+1 as well as analyze the threat the Euro-Atlantic currently faces from non-state nuclear terrorism as a result of the instability throughout the Mediterranean region.

CONTENTS

  • Implications of the Iran Nuclear Deal for NATO’s Eastern Front

Ms. Danielle Najjar analyzes how the Iran Nuclear Deal signed in July 2015 affects NATO’s Ballistic Missile Defense vis-à-vis Iran but also Russia and NATO’s Central and Eastern European Allies and Partners.

  • The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism Amidst Crisis in the MENA Region

Mr. Dean Patrick Rice, Dr. Howard Lewis Hall & Ms. Natalie Manaeva Rice discuss how the current instability in the MENA region increases the need to revise our preventative and response capabilities to cope with the possibility of a nuclear or radiological attack.

 

 

 


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