Includes bibliographical references (pages -193) and index.
Ch. 1. The Setting -- Ch. 2. The Visible Face of the Nuclear Black Market -- Ch. 3. Causes of Nuclear Theft -- Ch. 4. The Organized Crime Connection -- Ch. 5. The View from the West -- Ch. 6. The View from Russia -- Ch. 7. Conclusion.
Smuggling Armageddon looks at one of the most important and troubling international concerns of the 1990s and beyond: the illegal trade in nuclear materials that has erupted in the Newly Independent States (NIS) and Europe since the collapse of the former Soviet Union. Lee raises the central yet seldom-asked question of whether such traffic poses a threat to international security and stability. He unveils a grim picture that shows a Russia characterized by a variety of criminal proliferation channels; a Russia where smuggling operations are becoming progressively more sophisticated; and a Russia whose nuclear stockpiles already may have suffered serious leakages of weapons-usable materials. Lee concludes his groundbreaking work by assessing the implications of study findings for U.S. policy and by offering insights on the future of the NIS smuggling industry.