Our recommendations


Here are some of our favourite readings that we have came across during our project:

Patrice Atherton – For my blog post on the history of the atom bomb, I found Gerard De Groot’s ‘The Bomb: A History of Hell on Earth’ a particularly interesting and useful read. I was recommended it by our project leader and I gained a greater insight into the Science involved with making an atom bomb.

Azhar Anam – Dr Malcolm Craig’s ‘Nuclear Sword of the Moslem World’? the United States, Britain, Pakistan, and the ‘Islamic Bomb’, 1977-80′ encouraged me to write a post on the ‘Islamic bomb’. I found it to be an excellent read that really stimulated thinking about nuclear proliferation motives and the influence of the media. Also Jacques Hymans’ ‘The Threat of Nuclear Proliferation: Perception and Reality’ helped provide a different perspective on nuclear proliferation- considering the norms, assumptions and possibilities regarding the issue. I found it to be an astute and interesting piece.

Ellie Harris – For my blog on Israel and Pakistan’s nuclear development, I found Matteo Gerlini’s article ‘Waiting for Dimona: The United States and Israel’s development of nuclear capability’ the most useful and accessible. Also recommended by our project leader, it offered a detailed insight into the secrecy that surrounds Israel’s nuclear weapons programme. In addition, the article covered US reactions to Israeli nuclear development a key topic in my blog post.

Bridie Smith – As my first post was on the history of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, I focused greatly on detailed timelines of different countries’ introduction and possession of nuclear weapons. For this, the Arm’s Control Association website is a factual and incredibly useful source. For my second post, John Mueller’s ‘The Essential Irrelevance of Nuclear Weapons: Stability in the Postwar World’, was very helpful as it gave an understanding on how nuclear weapons could be beneficial for world peace.

Katie Doherty – Throughout my writing for the blog, I have found the ‘United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs’ website really useful as it obtains not only all the main information about nuclear weapons and the non-proliferation treaty, but also shows and discusses up to date conferences and debates that occur on the subject. The website also gives related links which I found helpful and convenient when researching around other topics when writing blog posts.

Simon Hurst – Walton L. Brown’s  article ‘Presidential Leadership and U.S. Nonproliferation Policy’ offered a great deal of insight on the approaches of former Presidents of the United States regarding their Nuclear-Proliferation Policies. I found this article extremely useful as it provided significant historical context and analysis about the challenges faced by administrations of Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush. It provided me with the impetus to propose the question ‘Is the USA truly committed to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty?’

Emma Marshall-Mellor-“The Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons Initiative: The ‘Big Tent’ in Disarmament,” I found to be an incredibly useful research paper.  As an alternative to long winded books, this article provided useful information to challenge the thinking about the sustainability of nuclear weapons. It offered ideas and explanations about the risks associated, allowing the reader to understand the impacts through a ‘human security lens.’ I found it to be an engaging piece and would recommend it to those wanting to further their knowledge.

Lewis McLoughlin – For my blog post I’ve used a site called ‘Arms Control Association.’ The site features an in depth report card for 2016 on Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation efforts. https://www.armscontrol.org/reports/2016-Report-Card-Nuclear-Disarmament-Nonproliferation-Efforts

Olivia Darwen – For my first blog post I found Michael Horowitz’ article “The Spread of Nuclear Weapons and International Conflict: Does Experience Matter?”, very useful because it highlighted how much nuclear weapons possession have impacted international relations particularly for the United States. For my second blog post I found articles and books by Lawrence Wittner particularly interesting because he argues that the nuclear disarmament movement didn’t get the credit it deserved for gaining Nuclear Non-Proliferation, which gave me some very useful references when writing my blog post.

Dan Vye – For my blog post I consulted the book “There will be war!”: Future war fantasies and Militaristic Science Fiction in the 1980’s, and a selection of relevant articles. I recommend said book as it proved to be very thought-provoking.  Although the book is purely fictitious, it provides an insight into scenarios that have the potential to play out. Thus, helping me back up the argument against rogue states possessing nuclear warheads.

Samuel Green – My blog post focused on a very contemporary issue in the form of the Iranian Nuclear deal and any problems that may arise from the deal. I focused most of my research on the topic on reliable news websites, such as The Guardian, The BBC and CNN, for quotes and opinions as well as websites such as the International Atomic Energy Agency for fact checking for precise details relating to the deal.

Josh Graham – I found Hugh Gusterson’s ‘Paranoid, Potbellied, Stalinist Gets Nuclear Weapons’ article particularly useful in furthering my understanding of North Korea as a nuclear state. The article delves into the 1994 framework agreement between the US and North Korea and provides an in depth analysis of why North Korea remains so volatile to disarmament.

Harry Breese – For my post on Horizontal vs. Vertical proliferation I found an article from the Atomic Heritage Foundation on “Nuclear Proliferation Today.” useful in understanding a brief outline. My second post was an article review of Francis Gavin’s article “nuclear proliferation and non-proliferation during the Cold War” this article was very well written, easy to follow yet very useful in explaining a detailed history of nuclear proliferation. It explained the successes and failures of diplomacy attempts and the NPT and would be a sound starting point and useful resource for anyone studying or wanting to know more about nuclear proliferation and non-proliferation.

Lewis Fogg – For readings on nuclear deterrence, I found Ward Wilson’s The Myth of Nuclear Deterrence essential to understanding the viewpoint of those who believe that nuclear deterrence is not effective. Wilson uses this writing to pick holes in arguments favouring deterrence, providing a well rounded debate and conflicting viewpoints in a way that conveys the broad and specific arguments from all sides of the nuclear deterrence debate.