Why States Won't Give Nuclear Weapons to Terrorists

  title={Why States Won't Give Nuclear Weapons to Terrorists},
  author={Keir A. Lieber and Daryl G. Press},
  journal={International Security},
Many experts consider nuclear terrorism the single greatest threat to U.S. security. The fear that a state might transfer nuclear materials to terrorists was a core justification for the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and, more recently, for a strike against Iran's nuclear program. The logical basis for this concern is sound: if a state could orchestrate an anonymous nuclear terror attack, it could destroy an enemy yet avoid retaliation. But how likely is it that the perpetrators of nuclear terrorism… Expand
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