Front Cover, Title Page

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pp. -iii

Copyright Information

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pp. iv-vi

Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Foreword

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pp. ix-xiii

For the past sixteen years, Mike O’Hanlon has been a rare and valued asset—not just to Brookings but to the nation and the world. He combines expertise based on fact-based research with intellectual passion for his subject, which is nothing less than war and peace—how to prepare for, and sometimes prosecute, the...

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1. The Vision of Nuclear Disarmament

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pp. 1-21

Can mankind uninvent the nuclear bomb and rid the world of the greatest military threat to the human species and the survival of the planet that has ever been created? Logic might seem to say of course not. But the president of the United States and a number of key foreign policy dignitaries are now on record as...

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2. The Case for Eliminating Nuclear Weapons

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pp. 22-46

The case for eliminating nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth begins with the simple and compelling argument that humankind has ultimately used every type of weapon it has ever created. While we cannot uninvent nuclear weapons, we can attempt to remove them from the planet. If we do not, it seems...

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3. Why Abolition Is Impractical

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pp. 47-81

The arguments for getting rid of nuclear weapons, rather than assuming that mankind can peacefully and safely coexist indefinitely with the bomb, are very strong. The problem is that abolition almost surely cannot be achieved—at least not in any absolute, permanent, unconditional sense. Proponents of abolition...

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4. Dismantling, Not Abolishing, Nuclear Weapons

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pp. 82-107

So nuclear weapons would seem too dangerous to keep, yet impossible to eliminate. Is there a way out of this paradox? The answer is yes, if the goal is the dismantlement of nuclear weapons rather than their permanent extinction. Abolition is too sweeping, absolute, and permanent an action. The force of...

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5. The Near-Term Agenda

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pp. 108-141

For those who support the nuclear disarmament vision but recognize the practical impediments to achieving it in the near future, the near-term nuclear agenda is unclear. Most advocates of global zero and other possible approaches to nuclear disarmament will naturally support a classic arms control agenda of ...

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6. Conclusion

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pp. 142-144

A global zero accord that would eliminate all nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth is one of the most challenging propositions ever conceived in international politics. It is far ahead of its time. Even to pursue it seriously would be counterproductive, perhaps fostering the very nuclear proliferation dynamics that it would...

Notes

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pp. 145-166

Index

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pp. 167-174

Back Cover

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pp. 175-176