The Politics of Weapons Inspections: Assessing WMD Monitoring and Verification Regimes, Nathan E. Busch and Joseph F. Pilat
Regardless of whether it occurs in a cooperative or a coercive setting, verifying that a state has actually abandoned a chemical, biological, or nuclear arsenal is politically vexing and technically challenging. Verifying compliance is ultimately a political judgment; questions will always remain about the nature and number of weapons produced and destroyed and the latent capabilities that remain. Existing methodologies and technologies used to monitor disarmament are limited in their scope and accuracy. They can also introduce externalities. Transparency concerning the verification technologies employed can facilitate cheating by identifying successful denial and deception strategies, while verification data can reveal design, operational, and manufacturing details of weapons systems, information that itself can facilitate proliferation. Despite the fact that many disarmament advocates treat verification regimes as a lesser-included problem in the general quest to roll-back the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), there are no easy solutions to this auditing nightmare.
In this well-researched and balanced assessment of the recent history and contemporary challenges related to monitoring WMD disarmament, Nathan E. Busch and Joseph F. Pilat document the achievements and shortcomings of efforts to monitor WMD elimination and how these techniques m
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