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25 Jan 2008

Terrorists’ Acquisition of Nuclear Weapons: The Dangerous Synergy between Weak States and Illicit Nuclear Procurement

This paper discusses the conditions needed for a subnational entity to build a nuclear weapon. The author argues that acquiring sufficient nuclear explosive material will remain a daunting challenge, wherever the terrorist group operates. According to the author, operating in a weak state can ease the terrorists’ task of building a nuclear weapon, where export controls, intelligence, public opinion, and international inspections are much less effective in thwarting proliferation by subnational groups.

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David Albright

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