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Exporting the Bomb: Technology Transfer and the Spread of Nuclear Weapons (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs) Paperback – March 11, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0801476402 ISBN-10: 0801476402 Edition: 1st

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"Matthew Kroenig provides new and provocative insights into why some nations export sensitive nuclear technology and some do not. His book is essential reading for those who wish to understand the new world of nuclear weapons that is now upon us."—Harold Smith, University of California, Berkeley, and former Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs)

"Exporting the Bomb is an important contribution to the literature on nuclear proliferation. Matthew Kroenig demonstrates in a compelling fashion that states rarely spread sensitive nuclear technology simply for economic benefit; nor do governments sell such technology in a fit of strategic absentmindedness. Instead, governments have exported sensitive technologies to enemies of their enemies. Exporting weapons-related technology is a continuation of global politics by other means."—Scott D. Sagan, Stanford University

"Exporting the Bomb treats the supply-side aspect of proliferation seriously, adding significantly to our understanding of the trade in nuclear technology. In a rare nonideological treatment of the subject, Matthew Kroenig supports his arguments with excellent research and uncommon case studies."—T. V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations, McGill University

"Using both statistical analysis and in-depth examinations of particular cases, Matthew Kroenig provides a major extension of the realist theory of nuclear proliferation. According to Kroenig, states do not provide sensitive nuclear technology to others because they need the money—they provide it to further their strategic position and to take advantage of situations where proliferation would not affect their power very much. Kroenig's book is essential reading for all those seeking to understand how and why nuclear weapons spread and will pose an important challenge to those of us who believe that realist perspectives tell only part of that story."—Matthew Bunn, Harvard University

"Tackling an urgent but too often neglected real-world puzzle—why states help other states acquire nuclear weapons—Matthew Kroenig develops one of the most original and illuminating arguments about proliferation and deterrence in more than a decade. His startling claim that states provide nuclear weapons assistance primarily for power-politics reasons directly challenges the conventional economics explanations. Drawing expertly on both quantitative and qualitative evidence, the book brims with surprising—and sobering—findings. This masterful study is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the politics of nuclear proliferation today."—Nina Tannenwald, Brown University

"Matthew Kroenig has changed the way I think about nuclear proliferation. Exporting the Bomb demonstrates that proliferation is a function of foreign policy, as well as technology and security. Nuclear aspirants that receive help from nuclear-capable nations through the exchange of sensitive nuclear technology are much more likely to succeed in proliferating, something that has not received the attention it deserves until the publication of Matthew Kroenig's book."—Erik Gartzke, University of California, San Diego

More About the Author

Matthew Kroenig is an Associate Professor and International Relations Field Chair in the Department of Government at Georgetown University and a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at The Atlantic Council.

He is the author or editor of several books, including: A Time to Attack: The Looming Iranian Nuclear Threat(2014), Causes and Consequences of Nuclear Proliferation(2011), Exporting the Bomb: Technology Transfer and the Spread of Nuclear Weapons(2010), and The Handbook of National Legislatures: A Global Survey(2009).

His articles on international politics have appeared in such outlets as American Political Science Review, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Organization, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and USA Today.

Dr. Kroenig served as a special advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2010 to 2011, where he worked on defense policy and strategy for Iran. In 2005, he was strategist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and he authored the first-ever, U.S. government-wide strategy for deterring terrorist networks. For his work, he was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense's Award for Outstanding Achievement. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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