Nuclear Terrorism, the Last 40 Years

What Has and Has Not Happened

Published in: The Nuclear Terrorism Threat: How Real Is It? Two Views by Brian Michael Jenkins and John Lauder / Henry D. Sokolski (Arlington, VA: Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, September 2016), Chapter 1, p. 2-7

by Brian Michael Jenkins

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This working paper presents two opposed views on the threat of nuclear terrorism. After the Cold War and nearly 70 years of waging war against communism, the United States and its key allies have adopted the war against terror as their new organizing principal and consider nuclear terrorism a major terrorist threat. This working paper presents two opposed views. The first is by Brian M. Jenkins, A RAND analyst and one of the world's leading experts on nuclear terrorism. A second and opposing view is offered by John Lauder, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency's Nonproliferation Center, who argues that the threat of nuclear terrorism is growing and we need to be hedging against this now. This set of questions are worthy of discussion and debate.

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