Nuclear Forensics: False Hopes and Practical Realities

Author
Richard Weitz
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Political Science Quarterly
Volume
126
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
Spring 2011
Institution
Academy of Political Science
Abstract
RICHARD WEITZ looks at the international politics of nuclear forensics—a scientific technique that employs various investigatory methods to reveal the source and history of nuclear material. He worries that many governments and analysts underestimate the difficulties in constructing an effective nuclear forensics regime that can pinpoint those responsible for a nuclear incident and thus weakens the ability to deter by threatening nuclear retaliation.