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  1. Introduction
  2. The problem of nuclear weapons
  3. An agreement on arms control: The USA and Russia
  4. Controlling or preventing rogue states from going nuclear
  5. Problems with this scenario
    1. Regional arms races
    2. Would the regime give nuclear weapons to terrorists
  6. Attempts to control or eliminate nuclear weapons
  7. The IAEA
  8. Conclusion
  9. References

Nuclear weapons are as controversial and notorious today as they were in August 1945 when the first atomic weapon was dropped on Hiroshima. These ?weapons of mass destruction? inspire awe and fear, and some believe will eventually result in Armageddon. This paper will endeavor to analyze the extent to which the problem of Nuclear Weapons is serious, the causes of this problem, and how these weapons be controlled or eliminated. The problem of nuclear weapons is a serious one, especially as it relates to arms control reductions, the containment of the nuclear ambitions of states like China, Indian and Pakistan, and the control of rogue states like North Korea and Iran, as well as the terrorist issue. However, the good news is that these weapons can be controlled, and control could lead ultimately to elimination, so long as the USA and Russia set an example and take the lead in arms control.

[...] The third major issue is North Korea and Iran, rogue states, and in conjunction with that, the problem of nuclear proliferation and nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists. With respect to the USA and Russia getting back to the table, the need to reach a new agreement on arms control cannot be overstated. Simply put, as two of the original nuclear power states (the USA, Russia, France, the UK, and China) (Coyle, 129), the USA and Russia must set an example of leadership and consistency, especially as both of them are military superpowers, and between them they retain around 95% of the total nuclear weapons still out there in the world (Stratton). [...]

[...] Retrieved from: Bew, Geoffrey. (2007, December 9). Gulf nuclear power 'raises attack risks'. Gulf Daily News. Retrieved from: in-the-press/press-coverage-2007/december-2007/gulf-nuclear-power-raises- attack-risks/ Branigan, Tania. (2009, March 12). North Korea satellite launch plan increases missile fears, The Guardian. Retrieved from: Coyle, Philip E. (2006, October 22). Changing Course on Nuclear Talks. The Sacramento Bee, (E1). MacAskill, Ewen. (2009, March 3). Obama offers to drop missile project [...]

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