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Is it possible to reduce the threat of nuclear terrorism?

Scholars explore this question in SAGE Publications' September volume of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 'Confronting the Specter of Nuclear Terrorism'


Nuclear terrorism is the gravest international security challenge today. Is the United States prepared to cope with this very real threat? Is nuclear terrorism preventable? What steps has the U.S. already taken to avoid this catastrophe and what steps should be taken in the future?

Esteemed scholars, scientists, and policymakers address these crucial questions in the September volume of SAGE Publications' The ANNALS of The American Academy of Political and Social Science. All sides of the discussion, from strategic to tactical, from ideological to technical, and from the historical to the contemporary, are explored in this volume, which is edited by Graham Allison of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John. F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

This special volume of The ANNALS clarifies and assesses the possibility of a nuclear terrorist attack by taking a comprehensive historical look at this threat over time, while examining and proposing solutions for preventing such a catastrophic event.

"The authors devoutly hope for a future when world leaders recognize this grave danger, taking the actions necessary to defeat it," commented issue editor Graham Allison. "On current trendlines, however, the likelihood of failure is greater than that of success. We hope to remind the world just how horrible nuclear anarchy would be."


The September volume of The ANNALS of The American Academy of Political and Social Science, "Confronting the Specter of Nuclear Terrorism" is available to read at no charge for a limited time at

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