Scott D. Sagan, ed.,
Scott D. Sagan of
Preventing Catastrophe: The Use and Misuse of Intelligence in Efforts to Halt the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
Thomas Graham Jr. and Keith A. Hansen,
Thomas Graham Jr., former acting director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and veteran arms control verification expert Keith A. Hansen have written an authoritative and comprehensive survey of the way intelligence has been and can be used to support global nonproliferation objectives. The book has much to recommend it as a reference work or textbook for scholars and students, including concise summaries of historical events and key documents. The authors’ nonjudgmental prose and obvious sympathy for the challenges confronting the producers of intelligence may leave some readers hungry for tougher critiques of the intelligence community for its record during the debacle over
Living Weapons: Biological Warfare and International Security
Gregory D. Koblentz,
In Living Weapons, Gregory D. Koblentz thoroughly addresses the wide range of challenges that biological weapons pose to countries in the 21st century. He outlines the difficulties the international community faces in obtaining intelligence about biological weapons, verifying whether state or nonstate actors are developing biological weapons, holding state and nonstate actors accountable for biological weapons programs, and preventing the rise of biological terrorism. Koblentz explores these issues by weaving together historical information on Iraqi, Russian, South African, and Soviet biological weapons programs with analysis of the scientific and security challenges biological weapons present in the 21st century. Rather than developing any one solution in depth, he recommends several possible ways for countries to decrease, unilaterally and multilaterally, the threat posed by biological weapons.