The Current Reality of Nuclear Threat


This article addresses vital issues of possible threat of nuclear weapons in contemporary world. First, the general nuclear order—particularly the NPT regime—is briefly examined. Analysis proceeds to a critical exploration of the prospective use of nuclear weapons by small nuclear states and the so-called rogue states. Some attention is also paid to the conflict between India and Pakistan, since these two states are often considered as the most dangerous from perspective of possible use of nuclear weapons. The author considers the threat of nuclear war between great powers and then the threat of nuclear terrorism. His analysis suggests that deterrence between great powers is reliably working. The threat from rogue states is limited by technological difficulties in process of development and production of nuclear weapons and limits of small nuclear arsenals. Even though threat of nuclear terrorism should not be underestimated, this paper argues that technical obstacles and availability of other comparatively cheap methods effectively reduce the terrorists' desire to acquire nuclear weapons.

Mgr. et Mgr. Jan Ludvík, born in 1984, he graduated from security studies and American studies at he Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (FSV UK), Prague. In 2009 he lived in the United States, University of Richmond, where he concentrated on independent research into Iranian nuclear programme. At present he is a researcher at the Centre for Social and Economic Strategies, Faculty of Social Sciences (FSV), Charles University (CESES FSV UK), Prague, and at the same time he gives lessons of American studies and the security policy of the Czech Republic at the Department of International Relations, FSV UK Prague. He published several treatises namely on American security policy and problems of nuclear weapons.

Country: Czech Republic


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