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Can al Qaeda Be Deterred from Using Nuclear Weapons?
July 1, 2005
— This occasional paper pursues four different but complementary approaches to dissect the issue of whether acquisition of NBC/R weapons will mean employment for Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda.
Iraq and After: Taking the Right Lessons for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction
May 1, 2005
— This paper primarily focuses on Iraq; however, it also seeks to draw lessons from experiences in libya and Iran to understand better how proliferators think about WMD; the challenges in assessing the status and sophistication of developing world WMD programs; the contours of the emerging international proliferation landscape; and the efficacy of various policy instruments available to the United States for dealing with these so-called ultimate weapons.
Eliminating Adversary WMD: What's at Stake?
December 1, 2004
— This Occasional Paper discusses the challenges and the lessons learned during Operation Iraqi Freedom concerning WMD elimination.