Nuclear Terrorism

The invention of nuclear weapons, the ultimate among the three weapons of mass destruction, has given rise to completely novel conditions that have fundamentally affected the concept of war in contemporary human history. Upon, the detonation of the world’s first nuclear device (in the Alamogordo Desert in New Mexico on  July 16, 1945, barely twenty days later, the first military use of this devastating weapon occurred over two Japanese cities. The nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II set the tenor for the fear of terror with these two most powerful weapons of the future.Quantitative Differences From Other Types of WeaponsNuclear weapons are different from conventional weapons both qualitatively and quantitatively. The quantitative differences arise from the fact that the destructive power per unit weight is millions of times greater in nuclear than in conventional weapons. It is said that one nuclear bomb can have an explosive power greater than that of…

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Animesh Roul

Animesh Roul is a founding member and presently, the executive director of research at the Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict in New Delhi. He has also been associated with a number of...