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Free Journal Articles to Download on Nuclear Disarmament

To coincide with the 2010 Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Review Conference, being held throughout May at the UN Headquarters in New York, Taylor and Francis journals have made a selection of articles on the nuclear debate free to view online.

To coincide with the 2010 Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Review Conference, being held throughout May at the UN Headquarters in New York, Taylor and Francis journals have made a selection of articles on the nuclear debate free to view online. These articles are drawn from publications that include The Washington Quarterly, Security Index and Strategic Analysis.

The nuclear disarmament debate, a critical issue in international security and global politics, has recently taken center stage in world news due to the efforts of the U.S. and President Obama to engage with the international community on nuclear proliferation issues. Many of these issues are explored in Routledge publications, and more information can be found on these below, including the latest Adelphi series title Towards Nuclear Zero, by Raimo Väyrynen and David Cortright.

A list of free journal articles to download, including links to the articles, can be found here.

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  1. Towards Nuclear Zero

    By Raimo Väyrynen, David Cortright

    Series: Adelphi series

    Rarely in the atomic age have hopes been raised as high as they are now for genuine progress toward disarmament. The new receptivity reflected in the policy declarations of many governments was sparked by a wave of private initiatives led by former senior policy leaders in many countries. This...

    Published April 28th 2010 by Routledge

  2. Iran and Nuclear Weapons

    Protracted Conflict and Proliferation

    By Saira Khan

    Series: Routledge Global Security Studies

    This book investigates what is driving Iran's nuclear weapons programme in a less-hostile regional environment, using a theory of protracted conflicts to explicate proliferation. Iran’s nuclear weapons program has alarmed the international community since the 1990s, but has come to the...

    Published September 24th 2009 by Routledge

  3. Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation

    Towards a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World?

    By Sverre Lodgaard

    Series: Routledge Global Security Studies

    A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via as well as the OAPEN Library platform, It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license and is part of the OAPEN-UK research project. This...

    Published October 1st 2010 by Routledge

  4. The Iranian Nuclear Crisis

    Avoiding worst-case outcomes

    By Mark Fitzpatrick

    Series: Adelphi series

    This paper explains how Iran developed its nuclear programme to the point where it threatens to achieve a weapons capability within a short time frame, and analyses Western policy responses aimed at forestalling that capability. Key questions are addressed: will the world have to accept an Iranian...

    Published November 30th 2008 by Routledge

  5. Nuclear Proliferation and International Security

    Edited by Sverre Lodgaard, Bremer Maerli

    Series: Routledge Global Security Studies

    The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty has long been key in non-proliferation and disarmament activities. The Treaty is the major international legal obstacle for states seeking nuclear weapon capabilities. In retrospect, and despite setbacks, the overall impact of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation...

    Published June 26th 2009 by Routledge

  6. Nuclear Proliferation in South Asia

    Crisis Behaviour and the Bomb

    Edited by Sumit Ganguly, S. Paul Kapur

    Series: Asian Security Studies

    This edited volume explores competing perspectives on the impact of nuclear weapons proliferation on the South Asian security environment. The spread of nuclear weapons is one of the world’s foremost security concerns. The effect of nuclear weapons on the behaviour of newly nuclear states, and the...

    Published August 6th 2008 by Routledge

  7. Nuclear Weapons and Conflict Transformation

    The Case of India-Pakistan

    By Saira Khan

    Series: Asian Security Studies

    This new volume explores what the acquisition of nuclear weapons means for the life of a protracted conflict. The book argues that the significance of the possession of nuclear weapons in conflict resolution has been previously overlooked. Saira Khan argues that the acquisition of nuclear...

    Published January 4th 2010 by Routledge

  8. Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction

    Responding to the Challenge

    Edited by Ian Bellany

    Series: Routledge Global Security Studies

    There is a widely held belief in the imminent probability of nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons of mass destruction being used by terrorists against civilian targets. This edited volume critically assesses the suggestion that one safeguard against this possibility would be to strengthen...

    Published November 27th 2009 by Routledge

  9. The Global Politics of Combating Nuclear Terrorism

    A Supply-Side Approach

    Edited by William C. Potter, Cristina Hansell

    The most difficult challenge for a terrorist organization seeking to build a nuclear weapon or improvised nuclear device is obtaining fissile material, either plutonium or highly enriched uranium (HEU). Experts acknowledge that obtaining HEU, uranium that has been processed to increase the...

    Published November 23rd 2009 by Routledge

  10. Abolishing Nuclear Weapons

    By George Perkovich, James Acton

    Series: Adelphi series

    Nuclear disarmament is firmly back on the international agenda. But almost all current thinking on the subject is focused on the process of reducing the number of weapons from thousands to hundreds. This rigorous analysis examines the challenges that exist to abolishing nuclear weapons completely,...

    Published July 31st 2008 by Routledge

  11. Nuclear Weapons Proliferation in the Next Decade

    Edited by Peter Lavoy

    The intensification of the Iranian and North Korean nuclear crises has created new fears that deteriorating security conditions in the Middle East, Northeast Asia, and other regions will lead additional countries to seek their own nuclear arsenals in the years to come. This special issue examines...

    Published February 27th 2009 by Routledge

  12. Nuclear Weapons and Cooperative Security in the 21st Century

    The New Disorder

    By Stephen J. Cimbala

    Series: Routledge Global Security Studies

    This book looks at the prospects for international cooperation over nuclear weapons proliferation in the 21st century. Nuclear weapons served as stabilizing forces during the Cold War, or the First Nuclear Age, on account of their capability for destruction, the fear that this created among...

    Published September 9th 2009 by Routledge