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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $22.86
  • July 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92010-9
  • 288 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

The Spread of Nuclear Weapons

An Enduring Debate

Third Edition


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Scott Douglas Sagan (Author, Stanford University), Kenneth N. Waltz (Author, Columbia University)


A long-time staple of International Relations courses, this new edition continues the important discussion of nuclear proliferation, while looking at the regions and issues now at the forefront of the nuclear question.

Over the past fifteen years, The Spread of Nuclear Weapons has been a staple in International Relations courses because of its brevity and crystal-clear explanations. The new edition, An Enduring Debate, continues the important discussion of nuclear proliferation and the dangers of a nuclear-armed world. With new chapters on the questions surrounding a nuclear North Korea, Iran, and Iraq and the potential for a world free of nuclear weapons, this Third Edition will continue to generate a lively classroom experience.


Endorsements & Reviews

“This book is a lively and genuine dialogue between two leading authorities on an issue of great importance for both scholarship and public policy.” — Robert Jervis, Columbia University

“This important book clearly and succinctly lays out the opposing views on whether nuclear proliferation makes the world more or less peaceful. . . . I can’t think of a better book to recommend on the ABCs of nuclear proliferation.” — John J. Mearsheimer, University of Chicago




    Chapter 1: More May Be Better
    Kenneth N. Waltz

    Chapter 2: More Will Be Worse
    Scott D. Sagan

    Chapter 3: Waltz Responds to Sagan
    Kenneth N. Waltz

    Chapter 4: Sagan Responds to Waltz
    Scott D. Sagan

    Chapter 5: Indian and Pakistani Nuclear Weapons: For Better or For Worse?
    Scott D. Sagan and Kenneth N. Waltz

    Chapter 6: Iraq, North Korea, and Iran
    Scott D. Sagan and Kenneth N. Waltz
    With Mira Rapp-Hooper

    Chapter 7: Is Nuclear Zero the Best Option?
    Scott D. Sagan and Kenneth N. Waltz

    Figure States with Nuclear Weapons
    Figure States that Explored or Pursued Nuclear Weapons