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State transfer of sensitive nuclear materials

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State transfer of sensitive nuclear materials

In an upcoming book, "Exporting the Bomb: Power Projection, Sensitive Nuclear Assistance, and the Spread of Nuclear Weapons," trainee Matt Kroenig examines why states transfer sensitive nuclear materials and technology. These transfers are an important cause of nuclear weapons proliferation, but their cause has never before been systematically explored. Media reports and policy analyses of specific cases of sensitive nuclear assistance often assume that nuclear transfers are driven by economic considerations. In contrast, Kroenig, who credits the PPNT program for influencing his research interests, argues that state decisions to provide sensitive nuclear assistance are the result of a coherent, balance of power logic. Drawing on quantitative analysis and case studies begun during his PhD studies, this book advances a new understanding of the causes and consequences of nuclear proliferation and contains important implications for nuclear nonproliferation policy.