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Resources on Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century


Student Pugwash USA's Top Five Resources To
Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century

1) Arms Control Wonk: Written by Dr. Jeffrey Lewis of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, this popular blog offers commentary on current nuclear news and events.

2) Last Best Chance: Starring former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson (of Law and Order), this gripping docudrama illustrates how a terrorist organization could obtain and assemble a nuclear bomb.

3) Blast Maps: Have a hard time envisioning the devastation left by a nuclear blast? Type in your zip code to see the effects of a 10 Kiloton nuclear explosion on your city.

4) Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrators: Want to learn what is behind the mini-nuke debate? Click here for an illustration of why the Union of Concerned Scientists is not convinced that nuclear bunker busters would successfully destroy buried targets. This report from the National Research Council explains the science behind the illustration.

5) Nuclear Calendar: Want to know what is going on in nuclear disarmament right now? Visit this current events calendar, compiled by the Friends Committee on National Legislation, to learn more about upcoming events and conferences dedicated to ending global reliance on nuclear weapons.


Suggested Books

Popular Books

Contemporary Nuclear Debates: Missile Defense, Arms Control, and the Arms Races in the Twenty-First Century
Alexander Lennon. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2002.

The Four Faces of Nuclear Terrorism
Charles Ferguson and William Potter. New York: Routledge, 2005.

Iran's Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Real and Potential Threat
Anthony Cordesman and Khalid Al-Rodhan. Washington, D.C.: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2006.

Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe
Graham Allison. New York: Times Books, 2004.

The Nuclear Tipping Point: Why States Reconsider Their Nuclear Choices
Kurt Campbell, Robert Einhorn, and Mitchell Reiss. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2004.

Scholarly Books

Deadly Arsenals II: Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Threats
Joseph Cirincione, Miriam Raikumar and Jon Wolfsthal. Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2005.

The Military Balance
International Institute for Strategic Studies. London: Routledge, 2006.

The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: A Debate Renewed
Scott Sagan and Kenneth Waltz. New York: W.W. Norton, 2002.

Uncertainty Underground: Yucca Mountain and the Nation's High-Level Nuclear Waste
Rodney Ewing and Allison Macfarlane, eds. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2006.

Universal Compliance: A Strategy for Nuclear Security (pdf)
George Perkovich et al. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2005.

Historical Books

Atomic Audit: The Costs and Consequences of U. S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940
Stephen Schwartz, ed. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 1998.

Disarmament Sketches: Three Decades of Arms Control and International Law
Thomas Graham. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2002.

Edward Teller: The Real Dr. Strangelove
Peter Goodchild. Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 2004.

Nuclear Wastelands: A Global Guide to Nuclear Weapons Production and Its Health and Environmental Effects
Arjun Makhijani, Howard Hu, and Katherine Yih, eds. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2000.

Spying on the Bomb: American Nuclear Intelligence from Nazi Germany to Iran and North Korea
Jeffrey Richelson. New York: W.W. Norton, 2006.


Effects of Nuclear Earth-Penetrator and Other Weapons
National Research Council, 2005

The Future of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy
National Academy of Sciences, 1997

Health and Environmental Legacy of Nuclear Wepaons
Physicians for Social Responsibility, ongoing

Lugar Survey on Proliferation Threats and Responses (pdf)
Senator Richard Lugar, 2005

Missile Defense: The Current Debate
CRS Report for Congress, Updated July 19, 2005

Nuclear Threat Perceptions and Nonproliferation Responses: A Comparative Analysis (pdf)
Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, 2005

Overview of Project Findings: The U.S. Nuclear Weapons Cost Study Group
Brookings Institution, 1998

Securing the Bomb 2006 (pdf)
Project on Managing the Atom, Harvard University and Nuclear Threat Initiative, 2006

Suggested Articles

Albright, David. When could Iran get the Bomb? Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, July/August 2006.

Blair, Bruce. Rogue States: Nuclear Red-Herrings. Bruce Blair’s Nuclear Column, Center for Defense Information, December 5, 2003. Opinion.

Boese, Wade. Nuclear Proliferation Treaty Meeting Sputters. Arms Control Today, July/August 2005.

D’Souza, Delano and Karen Yourish. Father of Pakistani Bomb Sold Nuclear Secrets. Arms Control Today, March 2004.

Evans, Nicole. Missile Defense: Winning Minds, Not Hearts. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, September/October 2004.

Gottemoeller, Rose. Cooperative Threat Reduction Beyond Russia. (pdf) The Washington Quarterly, 28 (2): Spring 2005.

Kristensen, Hans and Robert Norris. Global Nuclear Stockpiles, 1945 – 2006 . Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, July/August 2006.

Lieber, Keir and Daryl Press. The Rise of U.S. Nuclear Primacy. Foreign Affairs, March/April 2006.

Nelson, Robert. Nuclear Bunker Busters, Mini-nukes, and the U.S. Nuclear Stockpile (pdf). Physics Today, November 2003.

Tannenwald, Nina. Stigmatizing the Bomb: Origins of the Nuclear Taboo (pdf). International Security, 29 (4): Spring 2005.

Zhang, Hui. Action/Reaction: U.S. Space Weaponization and China. Arms Control Today, December 2005.



Atomic Archive
News and resources compiled by Chris Griffith on the history of nuclear weaponry.

Arms Control Wonk
All the nuclear weapons news that’s not fit to print from Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, the executive director of the Managing the Atom Project at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Information on the U.S. nuclear complex by John Flex, a journalist.

Nukes of Hazard
Nukes of Hazard is a project of the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation. It provides a view from the Hill to Congressional action on nuclear weapons and nonproliferation issues.

Strategic Security Project Blog
A blog on strategic security issues from the Federation of American Scientists.