Verification in an Age of Insecurity

Verification in an Age of Insecurity : The Future of Arms Control Compliance

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Verification in an Age of Insecurity takes the reader into some of the most urgent arms control issues facing the world community, including the nuclear activities of rogue states and threats from sophisticated non-state actors. In the book, national security expert Philip D. O'Neill, Jr. identifies and addresses issues from the resuscitated disarmament agenda, from the comprehensive test ban to fissile material and biological weapons. O'Neill examines the need for shifts in verification standards and policy suitable for our volatile era and beyond it. He surveys recent history to show how established verification procedures fail to produce the certainty necessary to meet today's threats. Verification in an Age of Insecurity goes beyond a discussion of rogue states like North Korea to offer suggestions on how best to bring compliance policy up to date with modern threats.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 160.02 x 238.76 x 27.94mm | 476.27g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195389263
  • 9780195389265
  • 2,002,777

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"Always a thoughtful observer, analyst, and contributor to the public dialogue, Phil O'Neill is once again ahead of the curve exploring a constant and growing threat worldwide. Verification in the Age of Insecurity is a compelling read and natural outgrowth of National Security and the Legal Process, a must read for those on the cutting edge of the nonproliferation debate as we begin the Obama era. " -Senator John Kerry, Chairman, Foreign Relations Committee "O'Neill's analysis presents a clear and compelling look at the complex security issues our nation faces today. In a constantly changing world where threats abound, this book is both timely and valuable." -U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence "If future generations are to succeed in dismantling nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, then our means of verification will have to become more sophisticated. Philip O'Neill's incisive analysis provides a springboard for thinking about the future of verification in an increasingly complex world. " -Dr. Patrick M. Cronin, Director, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense Universityshow more

About Jr. Philip O'Neill

Philip O'Neill has decades of experience in international law and public policy issues as an international lawyer, arbitrator, law professor, and political advisor. His professorial experience includes teaching National Security law, initially at Boston College Law School and since 2001 at Boston University Law school, where he also previously taught an American Foreign Policy-related LLM course. In recent years he served both as Nomura Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School in International Arbitration, and also as a visiting international law professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The author has long been active in Democratic politics, advising Senators and Presidential aspirants alike on foreign and defense policy issues. In the 2004 election campaign, for example, he served as a Senior Policy Advisor and as Chairman of a Kerry campaign Foreign Policy Task Force. In addition to his private legal practice as a Partner in the Boston office of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP, Mr. O'Neill is currently a Senior Fellow at the Truman Project, and is a member of the National Security Network. He is also formerly the Vice Chair of the American Bar Association's National Security Law Committee, and an adjunct research fellow at the Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government.show more

Table of contents

I.INTRODUCTION: RISKY BUSINESS; II. THE EVOLUTION OF CERTAINTY; A. INTRODUCTION; B. THE SUPERPOWER ERA; (I) THE ROLE OF PARITY; (II) THE ADEQUACY OF VERIFICATION; C. THE POST-COLD WAR PERIOD; D. THE NEW INSECURITY; III. THE PRICE OF INTRUSION; A. INTRODUCTION; B. THE TRADITIONAL CALCULUS; C. THE POLITICAL PRICE; D. MANAGED ACCESS; E. DISARMAMENT; (I) THE TRILATERAL INITIATIVE; (II) NORTH KOREA: A FUTURE TEST CASE?; (A) "ATTRIBUTE" VERIFICATION; (B) DISPOSITION; (III) PRINCIPAL PROBLEMS; (A) LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY: WHO PAYS?; (B) PRACTICAL CONCERNS; F. THE LIMITS OF COOPERATIVE INTRUSION; IV. CHALLENGES ON THE HORIZON; A. PROBLEMS IN PRINCIPLE; B. METRICS IN CONTEXT; C. SELECTED ISSUES; (I) BIO SECURITY; (II) FISSILE MATERIAL; D. PROCESS CONSIDERATIONS; E. ENFORCEMENT PREDICTABILITYshow more