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Global Nuclear Developments

Insights from a Former IAEA Nuclear Inspector


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Pantelis F. Ikonomou
    Pages 1-5
  3. Pantelis F. Ikonomou
    Pages 7-15
  4. Pantelis F. Ikonomou
    Pages 17-23
  5. Pantelis F. Ikonomou
    Pages 25-66
  6. Pantelis F. Ikonomou
    Pages 67-92
  7. Pantelis F. Ikonomou
    Pages 93-102
  8. Pantelis F. Ikonomou
    Pages 103-122
  9. Pantelis F. Ikonomou
    Pages 123-142
  10. Pantelis F. Ikonomou
    Pages 143-155
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 157-183

About this book


Written by a former International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear inspector and nuclear security expert, this book provides a comprehensive and authentic overview of current global nuclear developments. The author provides detailed insights into current and past nuclear crises and reveals the technical capabilities, political strategies and motives of nuclear weapon owners. By analyzing the nuclear programs and strategies of various countries, including the USA, Russia, China, Great Britain and France, this book highlights the existing global nuclear threat and the risks it entails for humanity. It also describes the current blockades and suggests possible ways out. Given its scope, the book will appeal to scholars and policymakers interested in gaining new insights into sensitive or complex nuclear programs in various countries.


Nuclear threat and associated risks Geopolitical conflicts Nuclear weapons Global power shifts and new multipolar balances Doctrine of nuclear deterrent Nuclear proliferation Nuclear accidents Nuclear terror Nuclear holocaust Mohamed ElBaradei

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.ViennaAustria

About the authors

Pantelis F. Ikonomou holds a PhD in Nuclear Physics from the University of Vienna, Austria. He has worked as nuclear researcher, 1967-1979, and as a safeguards inspector for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, and as an expert on combating nuclear terrorism, 1979-2011. He has been trained at most advanced nuclear facilities in the USA, former Soviet Union, UK and France.

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