The Post-9/11 Era: Is Arms Control Still Relevant?

  • Gamal M. Selim
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environment, Security, Development and Peace book series (BRIEFSSECUR, volume 4)


Following the 9/11 attacks, a major change occurred in Western, particularly American security policies at the global and regional levels, including policy in the area of arms control. In the United States, the George W. Bush administration declared a war on terrorism that targeted both terrorist organizations and so-called ‘rogue states’. The administration argued that it could not afford to wait until such organizations or states acquired WMDs and used them first against US interests. Accordingly, the United States had to be prepared to strike first against aspiring possessors of WMD, especially rogue states seeking nuclear weapons. This brought the war on terrorism into a war of counter-proliferation in which the United States and a number of its European allies would target non-state terrorist organizations and rogue states suspected of developing WMDs (Record 2004).


Nuclear Weapon Military Force Bush Administration Vital Interest National Security Strategy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political SciencePort Said UniversityPort SaidEgypt

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