Book Libya's nuclear disarmament : lessons and implications for nuclear proliferation / Norman Cigar.
Associated Name: Marine Corps University (U.S.). Middle East Studies.
Publication year: 2012.
Call Number JZ5675 .C54 2012
Media class: Book
Publisher: [Quantico, Va.?] : Middle East Studies, Marine Corps University
Series title: MES monographs ; no. 2
Extent: 18 p. ; 28 cm.
Recent events in Libya have already had a significant effect on the region and beyond, and perhaps one of the most compelling results has been the potential impact on regional powers for the future course of nuclear proliferation. Libya's nuclear disarmament experience has provided lessons learned for those states who have themselves acquired nuclear weapons recently, may be in the process of developing that capability, or may be considering the possibility of doing so. This study argues that the lessons learned from the Libyan case of disarmament will confirm the decision of those countries that have already acquired nuclear weapons and add momentum to the efforts of those countries on their way to developing or considering the acquisition of nuclear weapons as a means of enhancing national and regime security. This dynamic, not surprisingly, will thereby complicate future efforts at nonproliferation and denuclearization. In light of the impact of the Libyan experience on other countries, the author offers several recommendations as the international community pursues nonproliferation and counterproliferation policies, including paying sufficient attention to both material and symbolic rewards to cooperative countries, placing less emphasis on public calls for regime change, and modifying the regional threat environment.
Libya's nuclear disarmament experience -- NATO and Libya's Arab Spring -- Learning from Libya's experience -- Prospects and implications.