Download PDF In the February–March 2015 issue of Survival, Chester A. Crocker, François Heisbourg, Lawrence Freedman and Matthew Kroenig discuss strategy in a world adrift; Nigel Inkster, Lawrence J. Cavaiola, David C. Gompert and Martin Libicki explore war online; Zahir Kazmi, Mark Fitzpatrick, Arundhati Ghose and Manpreet Sethi debate Pakistan's nuclear future; and Jonathan Stevenson reviews the US Senate study on CIA torture.

Politics and International Relations

Dividing Divided States

Gregory F. Treverton. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014. $49.95. 234 pp.

Using case studies from Africa, Europe and Asia, Treverton explores the primary concerns shared by all post-secession policymakers. He asks how the root causes of secessionist projects affect post-conflict policies in areas such as security, citizenship laws and resource management, and outlines suggestions for the management of future post-secession transitions.

Freedom’s Right: The Social Foundations of Democratic Life

Axel Honneth. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2014. £18.99. 412 pp.

Honneth aims to correct what he sees as the inadequacy of most theories of justice by deriving the criteria of social justice from the normative claims that have been accepted by Western liberal-democratic societies. He finds that all the key ‘spheres of action’ in Western societies (personal relationships, the marketplace) ‘claim to realize a specific aspect of individual freedom’.

The Global Development Crisis

Benjamin Selwyn. Cambridge: Polity, 2014. £16.99. 248 pp.

Seeking to challenge the view that the solution to poverty is to integrate the poor into the global capitalist system, Selwyn advocates the concept of ‘labour-centred development’, in which human development is achieved through the ‘collective actions and struggles’ of the labouring classes.

The Politics of Global Supply Chains

Kate Macdonald. Cambridge: Polity, 2014. £17.99. 254 pp.

The authors presents the findings of her research into the structures of global supply chains, particularly in the garment and coffee sectors, highlighting the involvement of non-state actors in supply-chain governance, and raising broader issues of global power, responsibility and accountability.

The Power of Tolerance: A Debate

Wendy Brown and Rainer Forst. Luca Di Blasi and Christoph F.E. Holzhey, eds. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. $15.00. 107 pp.

Political theorists Wendy Brown and Rainer Forst discuss the relationship between tolerance and conflict. Forst defends the traditional view of tolerance as a means of sustaining peaceful democracy by promoting mutual respect among opposing interest groups. Conversely, Brown warns that tolerance merely perpetuates underlying tensions and paradoxically promotes conflict between the liberal West and other, allegedly intolerant cultures.


Andrew Jason Cohen. Cambridge: Polity, 2014. £15.99. 176 pp.

What do we mean by ‘toleration’, and what are its limits? Cohen argues that the answers to these questions lie in the principles underpinning toleration, particularly the ‘harm principle’.


Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

Evan Osnos. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014. $27.00. 403 pp.

Journalist Evan Osnos explores how the growing shift toward individualism in modern China clashes with the group-based principles of the ruling Communist Party. Presenting stories of citizens from all classes of society, he examines how people are managing this tension in their day-to-day lives and adjusting to the country’s rapid pace of change.

American Images of China: Identity, Power, Policy

Oliver Turner. Abingdon: Routledge, 2014. £80.00/$130.00. 214 pp.

Drawing on a wide range of sources including films, magazines and public speeches, the author looks at how China has been portrayed by Americans since the eighteenth century. He asks how such portrayals have changed and why, and how these images have shaped and been shaped by US policies.

Bridging Troubled Waters: China, Japan, and Maritime Order in the East China Sea

James Manicom. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 2014. $32.95. 266 pp.

In this analysis of Sino-Japanese maritime relations, Manicom challenges the idea that full-scale military conflict over resources and shipping lanes in the East China Sea is inevitable. Instead, he argues that China and Japan are well-practiced in managing their tense maritime relationship. He also outlines a potential plan for increasing cooperation and stability in the region.

By All Means Necessary: How China’s Resource Quest is Changing the World

Elizabeth C. Economy and Michael Levi. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. £16.88. 279 pp.

The authors look at the implications and effects of China’s global quest to secure the resources needed to fuel its rapid development, detailing how Chinese actions in the economic, political and military spheres are changing both China and the wider world.

China’s Foreign Policy

Stuart Harris. Cambridge: Polity, 2014. £15.99. 236 pp.

In this assessment of the validity of the emerging ‘China threat’ thesis, Harris analyses how domestic and global factors will impact shifts in Chinese foreign policy. He outlines potential political and economic obstacles to Chinese goals and asks whether the country will be more likely to pursue an aggressive or cautious approach to its international relations in future.

China’s Regional Relations: Evolving Foreign Policy Dynamics

Mark Beeson and Fujian Li. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2014. $59.95. 254 pp.

The authors address concerns that China’s ‘charm offensive’ is over and that the country will henceforth pursue a more assertive foreign policy, by examining the nature, effectiveness and implications of its policies vis-à-vis other parts of Asia.

The Chinese State, Oil and Energy Security

Monique Taylor. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. £65.00. 213 pp.

Taylor follows the development of the Chinese oil industry since 1949, examining why the country’s energy policy remains neo-mercantilist even as China as a whole transitions from a centrally planned to a market economy. She argues that the industry’s strategic implications for social stability and economic development prevent it from being privatised.

Confucian Democracy in East Asia: Theory and Practice

Sungmoon Kim. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. £18.99/$29.99. 321 pp.

Kim argues that the communitarian ideals of Confucianism can be successfully reconciled with the practical requirements of modern democracy. Pointing to the increasingly pluralistic culture of modern South Korea – widely recognised as one of the most ‘Confucianised’ societies in the region – she aims to provide a real-world example of a functional ‘Confucian democracy’.

Consumption in China

LiAnne Yu. Cambridge: Polity Books, 2014. £15.99. 207 pp.

Chinese consumers were once limited to state-run shops, but now have their pick of megastores and luxury retailers. Yu examines the effects of shifting consumption patterns on social hierarchies, lifestyle habits, personal expression and urban spaces in China.

Fire on the Water: China, America, and the Future of the Pacific

Robert Haddick. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2014. $37.95. 272 pp.

Haddick warns that China’s rapidly increasing military capability poses a far greater threat to US regional interests than many policymakers currently realise. Arguing that US strategies overwhelmingly and unsuccessfully target China’s strengths, he proposes an alternative approach centred specifically on exploiting the country’s weaknesses.

Following the Leader: Ruling China, From Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping

David M. Lampton. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2014. $31.95. 293 pp.

Drawing on more than 500 interviews with Chinese officials, Lampton tracks the policies and attitudes of China’s top rulers across four decades, touching on topics including the country’s rapid economic growth, its ageing population and the apparent divide between the government and ordinary citizens.

Forging China’s Military Might: A New Framework for Assessing Innovation

Tai Ming Cheung, ed. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014. $24.95. 295 pp.

Nine essays examine the evolution of China’s defence industry, focusing on the relationships between contractors, regulators and end-users; civil–military integration; and China’s role in the global defence economy, among other topics.

Human Security and Japan’s Triple Disaster: Responding to the 2011 Earthquake, Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Crisis

Paul Bacon and Christopher Hobson, eds. Abingdon: Routledge, 2014. £85.00/$145.00. 216 pp.

Experts from a variety of fields examine the range of threats to human security produced or worsened by Japan’s ‘triple disaster’ of 2011. Noting that human security is an equally relevant concern for both developed and emerging nations, the authors examine recovery efforts by Japan’s various communities, particularly those deemed most vulnerable in social or geographical terms.

Insurgency Trap: Labor Politics in Postsocialist China

Eli Friedman. Ithaca, NY: ILR Press, 2014. $24.95. 214 pp.

This volume examines state–labour relations in China, arguing that the Chinese state has become trapped by an ‘insurgency trap’ of its own making by allowing worker unrest to rise to unmanageable levels.

Japan and the War on Terror: Military Force and Political Pressure in the US–Japanese Alliance

Michael Penn. London: I.B. Tauris, 2014. £62.00. 376 pp.

Japan’s economic and political clout has caused some to regard it as a potential contributor to the global ‘war on terror’. Penn examines the role of the United States in expanding the involvement of the Japanese Self-Defence Force in Middle Eastern conflicts since 9/11.

Japan’s Maritime Security Strategy: The Japan Coast Guard and Maritime Outlaws

Lindsay Black. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. £65.00. 221 pp.

Black examines Japan’s strategic, non-military use of its coast guard to combat maritime threats from pirates, terrorists and rogue states. She finds that by providing law-enforcement and rescue services across the Asia-Pacific, the coast guard shores up regional support for Japan’s maritime policies, facilitating a stronger, more unified approach to the issue.

Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China

Leta Hong Fincher. London: Zed Books, 2014. £14.99. 214 pp.

Hong Fincher challenges the notion that Chinese men and women have benefitted equally from the modernisation and economic growth produced by post-socialist reforms. Through research and personal accounts, she aims to demonstrate how contemporary Chinese women are subject to systematic political, economic and social discrimination.

Mao’s Little Red Book: A Global History

Alexander C. Cook, ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. £17.99/$27.99. 287 pp.

First published in China in 1964, Quotations From Chairman Mao (also known as Mao Zedong’s ‘Little Red Book’) was quickly taken up by revolutionary movements around the world. The contributors to this volume seek to understand the ways in which the book was a global, and not just a Chinese, phenomenon.

North Korea: State of Paranoia

Paul French. London: Zed Books, 2014. £12.99. 462 pp.

French traces the political and cultural history of North Korea from its inception in 1948 to the present day. Focusing particularly on the country’s relationships with South Korea, Japan, China and the United States, he investigates how Kim Jong-un’s increasingly aggressive foreign and domestic policies might shape North Korea’s future.

The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited

Louisa Lim. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. £16.99. 248 pp.

Drawing on primary documents and personal accounts, journalist Louisa Lim investigates the ‘collective amnesia’ that seemed to grip Chinese society in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She explores how the events of June 1989 (both in Beijing and elsewhere) altered – and even strengthened – China’s national identity.

Will China Dominate the 21st Century?

Jonathan Fenby. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2014. £9.99. 139 pp.

Contrary to those who expect China to become the world’s dominant power during the next 100 years, Fenby details what he sees as those weaknesses of China’s political, economic and social structures that will prevent the country from attaining global domination.

Russia and Eurasia

After Newspeak: Language Culture and Politics in Russia from Gorbachev to Putin

Michael S. Gorham. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2014. $24.95. 234 pp.

In this study of the connection between the Russian language and Russian politics, from the final years of the Soviet Union to the present, Gorham aims to explain how the language, in all its forms, has both affected and been altered by radical political change.

The Conquest of the Russian Arctic

Paul R. Josephson. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014. $55.00. 441 pp.

Before the 1920s, the Russian Arctic was mostly unexplored. This changed when Joseph Stalin decided it was time to fully incorporate the region into the Soviet empire. This volume presents a history of Soviet (and later Russian) activity in the Arctic, concluding that this project has had mixed results at best.

Creating a Eurasian Union: Economic Integration of the Former Soviet Republics

Yulia Vymyatnina and Daria Antonova. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. £70.00/$105.00. 174 pp.

Economists Yulia Vymyatnina and Daria Antonova assess the feasibility of the proposed Eurasian Union between Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and other former Soviet republics. They warn that efforts to rush Russian integration with potentially incompatible economies may backfire, ultimately creating more instability than they alleviate.


Galia Ackerman and Femen. Cambridge: Polity, 2014. £12.99. 186 pp.

The founding members of radical feminist collective Femen recount their experiences protesting against female inequality, poverty, discrimination, and political and religious oppression. Following extensive media coverage of their activities since their first protest in 2008, the four Ukrainian women aim to describe the inspiration for and goals of the movement in their own words.

Misunderstanding Russia: Russian Foreign Policy and the West

Magda Leichtova. Farnham: Ashgate, 2014. £60.00. 168 pp.

Leichtova seeks to present an alternative understanding of contemporary Russian foreign policy, arguing that it is more complex than many Westerners believe and exploring how Western assumptions about Russia both influence and distort the latter’s international image.

The Politics of Energy Dependency: Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania Between Domestic Oligarchs and Russian Pressure

Margarita M. Balmaceda. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013. £62.99/$90.00. 444 pp.

Balmaceda explores why Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania have failed to diversify their energy supplies, examining how their reliance on Russia affects post-independence state-building efforts. She also discusses how the dynamics of Russia’s sustained connection with these three countries threaten energy security across Europe.

Presidential Decrees in Russia: A Comparative Perspective

Thomas F. Remington. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. £55.00. 174 pp.

Remington traces the ways in which Russian leaders have used their constitutional power to issue decrees from 1905 to the present. Comparing the powers of presidents Yeltsin, Medvedev and Putin to those of their American and Latin American counterparts, he examines the political factors behind their decisions to increase or restrict their use of presidential decrees.

Putin Redux: Power and Contradiction in Contemporary Russia

Richard Sakwa. Abingdon: Routledge, 2014. £24.99. 254 pp.

Sakwa assesses the successes and failures of Vladimir Putin’s political career since 2008, a period during which he served first as prime minister and then as president of Russia. He concludes that the contradictions of Putin’s rule have stymied Russia’s modernisation and created a ‘stalemate in politics’.

Red Globalization: The Political Economy of the Soviet Cold War from Stalin to Khrushchev

Oscar Sanchez-Sibony. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. £65.00. 278 pp.

Sanchez-Sibony offers a reinterpretation of the Cold War, challenging the conception of the conflict as an equal contest between two diametrically opposed superpowers. Instead, he emphasises the comparative socio-economic weakness of the Soviets, portraying them more as ‘dependent providers of energy to the rich world’ than as representatives of a genuine alternative.

Russia and the West from Alexander to Putin: Honor in International Relations

Andrei P. Tsygankov. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. £22.99. 330 pp.

Tsygankov studies the impact of Russia’s distinct cultural conception of honour on the nation’s foreign policy. Using ten case studies from throughout history, he proposes a causal relationship between perceived Western recognition of Russian national honour and subsequent Russian cooperation with Western powers.

The Triumph of Improvisation: Gorbachev’s Adaptability, Reagan’s Engagement, and the End of the Cold War

James Graham Wilson. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2014. $29.95. 280 pp.

Challenging the view that the Cold War ended because of any country’s grand strategy, Wilson argues instead that world leaders such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush brought the conflict to a peaceful end through improvised and adaptive policymaking in the face of uncertainty and rapid change.


A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism

Patrick Allitt. New York: Penguin Press, 2014. $29.95. 384 pp.

Allitt surveys the history of American environmentalism, arguing that much of the alarm surrounding climate change stems more from sensationalist exaggeration than fact. Pointing to the success of government clean-up efforts over the past 60 years, he proposes that the current environmental crisis, while serious, is more manageable than many fear.

Can Science Fix Climate Change?

Mike Hulme. Cambridge: Polity Books, 2014. £9.99. 158 pp.

Arguing that ambitious plans to reduce the rate of global warming by directly manipulating the quantity of sunlight reaching Earth are impractical, arrogant and a waste of time and resources, Hulme proposes that scientists focus on more pragmatic measures such as the development of new energy technologies, the improvement of regional air quality and advancements in weather-resistant infrastructure.

Climate and Human Migration: Past Experiences, Future Challenges

Robert A. McLeman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. £27.99. 294 pp.

McLeman explores the connection between global warming and human migration, suggesting that the issue is far more complex than current ‘environmental refugee’ narratives indicate. He argues that, rather than producing a simple decision to migrate out of affected areas, climate change elicits a variety of responses based on social, economic and political factors.

The Climate Bonus: Co-benefits of Climate Policy

Alison Smith. Abingdon: Routledge, 2013. £95.00. 408 pp.

Smith points to the benefits of adopting low-carbon policies, including a better natural environment, more sustainable agriculture, cost savings for households and businesses and a more stable economy, adding that such benefits need to be better explained to a sometimes resistant public.

Climate Change and Human Development

Hannah Reid. London: Zed Books, 2014. £21.99. 287 pp.

This volume presents case studies revealing how the poor are both suffering from and coping with the effects of climate change in terms of health, energy, trade, migration, conflict and more. Proposals for mitigating these effects are also discussed.

Environmental Protection, Security and Armed Conflict: A Sustainable Development Perspective

Onita Das. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2013. £75.00. 270 pp.

Drawing on case studies such as Somalia, Darfur and Kosovo, the author suggests ways in which political and military authorities might better incorporate principles of sustainable development at each stage of armed conflict.

Global Energy Dilemmas

Michael Bradshaw. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013. £16.99. 228 pp.

After examining the development of the current global energy system, Bradshaw discusses the challenges facing the world today, including how to secure a supply of reliable and affordable energy and how to shift to a low-carbon, efficient and harmless energy source.

Global Resources: Conflict and Cooperation

Roland Dannreuther and Wojciech Ostrowski, eds. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013. £60.00. 296 pp.

Aiming to provide insight into the processes of conflict and cooperation in relation to oil, gas and minerals, the contributors to this volume argue that the nature of conflict and cooperation is increasingly being shaped by the shift towards state capitalism in many resource-producing states.

The History of Global Climate Governance

Joyeeta Gupta. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. £45.00. 244 pp.

Tracing the history of climate-change legislation since 1979, Gupta identifies the obstacles that she believes have precluded a more comprehensive and effective approach to the issue thus far. Based on lessons learned from past failures, she proposes a new global solution to this urgent threat.

Power to the People: Energy in Europe over the Last Five Centuries

Astrid Kander, Paolo Malanima and Paul Warde. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013. $39.50. 457 pp.

In this analysis of the relationship between energy consumption and economic development in Europe, the authors look at 500 years of changing consumption patterns, concluding that history does not support a narrative of ever-rising and continuous consumption. Today, they say, new technologies are playing a stabilising role.

Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle Against Climate Change Failed – And What It Means For Our Future

Dale Jamieson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. £19.99. 266 pp.

Humanity has failed to stop climate change, says Jamieson, with the effect that familiar ways of life will disappear much sooner than many realise. He outlines actions he believes can still be taken to slow the pace of change.

Talking Environment

Vandana Shiva with Ramin Jahanbegloo. Oxford and New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2013. £16.99. 106 pp.

Credited with developing the concept of ‘eco-feminism’, Vandana Shiva is a philosopher and environmental activist based in India. In this volume she shares her views with Canadian academic Ramin Jahanbegloo on topics ranging from biodiversity and ‘eco-imperialism’ to Gandhian philosophy and quantum physics.

Ten Billion

Stephen Emmott. London: Penguin, 2013. £6.99. 208 pp.

A Microsoft scientist discusses the consequences of what he sees as the unsustainable rise in demand for the planet’s resources as the human population reaches the ten-billion mark. He concludes that we may already be past the point of no return.

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

Naomi Klein. London: Allen Lane, 2014. £20.00. 566 pp.

Drawing a direct connection between capitalism and the threat of climate change, Klein calls for a complete restructuring of economic, political and social systems. She argues that the extensive economic reforms required to sufficiently reduce carbon emissions would ultimately result in a more equal and stable global society.

Understanding Emerging Security Challenges: Threats and Opportunities

Ashok Swain. Abingdon: Routledge, 2013. £25.00. 184 pp.

Noting that the broader concept of security encompasses socio-economic and environmental challenges, resource scarcity and climate change, deforestation, and food and health security, this volume addresses the causes and consequences of such threats, concluding that there is opportunity for international cooperation on all of them.

Understanding the Global Energy Crisis

Eugene D. Coyle and Richard A. Simmons, eds. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2014. $29.95. 304 pp.

Coyle and Simmons place the current energy crisis in a historical, political and social context, advocating a solution based on cooperation between scientists and policymakers. Contributing experts examine the technological and political obstacles to combating climate change, and explore theoretical approaches to generating and distributing renewable energy in the future.

Why We Need Nuclear Power: The Environmental Case

Michael H. Fox. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. £22.99. 306 pp.

Radiation biologist Michael H. Fox assesses the drawbacks of major renewable-energy sources, arguing that nuclear power will provide the solution to combating climate change. His analysis of the effects of radiation, waste-disposal methods and nuclear-accident triggers is intended to demonstrate that the majority of public concerns about nuclear energy are unsupported by scientific evidence.

Arms, Arms Control and Technology

American Biodefense: How Dangerous Ideas About Biological Weapons Shape National Security

Frank L. Smith III. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2014. $35.00. 192 pp.

Smith explains why, in his view, the US military has severely neglected the field of biodefence since 9/11. He advocates the expansion of the military’s remit beyond kinetic warfare to include non-kinetic threats such as biological attacks and cyber intrusions.

Arms Control in Space: Exploring Conditions for Preventive Arms Control

Max M. Mutschler. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. £65.00. 221 pp.

Mutschler challenges the prevailing belief that space weapons will never be sufficiently regulated by existing arms-control methods. Drawing on lessons learned from the successful use of arms control for anti-ballistic missiles on earth, he outlines the conditions that he believes would make a similar programme possible in space.

Banning the Bang or the Bomb? Negotiating the Nuclear Test Ban Regime

Mordechai Melamud, Paul Meerts and I. William Zartman, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. £65.00. 373 pp.

Contributors reflect on the 1994–96 negotiations that produced the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) with a view to providing useful insights for future members of the CTBT Organisation as they undertake negotations during on-site inspections.

Crowded Orbits

James Clay Moltz. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. $30.00. 226 pp.

Moltz aims to provide an accessible introduction to the conflict-prevention challenges accompanying post-Cold War crowding in outer space. Examining issues such as space-traffic management and orbit-debris control, he proposes several changes to international space policy aimed at increasing cooperation among spacefaring entities.

Hiroshima Nagasaki: The Real Story of the Atomic Bombings and their Aftermath

Paul Ham. New York: Thomas Dunne Books St. Martin’s Press, 2014. $35.00. 629 pp.

Ham challenges the belief that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki represented the ‘least abhorrent choice’ for American leaders, arguing instead that they had little to do with the end of the Pacific War. All the bombings accomplished, he writes, was to destroy human lives.

India and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime: The Perennial Outlier

A. Vinod Kumar. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. £55.00. 233 pp.

After re-examining the norms and principles of the global non-proliferation regime, Kumar explores their apparently increasing influence on Indian nuclear strategy. The country has recently become more receptive to the concept of non-proliferation, he argues.

Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era: Regional Powers and International Conflict

Vipin Narang. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014. £19.95/$29.95. 341 pp.

Narang examines the global security implications of emerging regional nuclear powers in the Middle East and Asia, aiming to provide a new perspective on area conflict dynamics. Analysing these states’ nuclear strategies, he challenges the traditional belief in weapons acquisition as the best method of deterrence in every case.

The Nuclear Terrorist: His Financial Backers and Political Patrons in the U.S. and Abroad

Robert Gleason. New York: Tor, 2014. $25.99. 336 pp.

Gleason warns of what he sees as the extremely high risk of nuclear terrorism resulting from insufficient security measures at nuclear facilities across the globe. He also suggests that US officials have long been promoting unregulated proliferation by profiting from deals with nuclear ‘rogue states’.

Unmaking the Bomb: A Fissile Material Approach to Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation

Harold A. Feiveson et al. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2014. $30.00. 277 pp.

The authors examine the possibility of stopping nuclear proliferation, preventing nuclear terrorism and even achieving nuclear disarmament by means of controlling – and eventually stopping – the production and stockpiling of plutonium and highly enriched uranium.

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