Arms Control
History, Theory, and Policy [2 volumes]
by Robert E. Williams Jr. and Paul R. Viotti, Editors
May 2012, 784pp, 7x10
2 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-275-99820-2
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The suspected weaponization of nuclear power in North Korea and Iran underscores the potential dangers of arms proliferation—and the pressing need for arms control. Indeed, one of the rationales behind the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 was a military foray into arms control, designed to destroy Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction.”

Set against a backdrop of terrorism, rogue states, non-conventional warfare, and deteriorating diplomacy, this encyclopedia offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, up-to-date reference on the recent history and contemporary practice of arms control and nonproliferation.

Arms Control: History, Theory, and Policy features in-depth, expert analysis and information on the full spectrum of issues relating to this critical topic. The first major reference on arms control in over a decade, the two-volume set covers historical context, contemporary challenges, and emerging approaches to diplomacy and human rights. Noted experts provide a full spectrum of perspectives on arms control, offering insightful analysis of arms-control agreements and the people and institutions behind them.

Volume 1 provides an accessible historical overview of the subject and a more detailed conceptual analysis of the foundations of arms control. Volume 2 covers the contemporary and practical issues of arms control, focusing on global issues that arms control advocates have been forced to address with varying degrees of success: a burgeoning international trade in conventional weapons; a closely related flood of small arms and light weapons used to fuel intrastate conflicts and even genocide; and the spread of nuclear weapons to potentially unstable regions of the world.


  • 30 illustrations and photos
  • Sidebars including brief biographical profiles and quotations
  • Charts and graphs
  • Primary documents
  • Timelines
  • Glossary and list of acronyms
Robert E. Williams Jr. is associate professor of political science at Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA. He is coauthor of Seeking Security in an Insecure World (2006) and regularly writes about international affairs at

Paul R. Viotti is professor in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and executive director of the Institute on Globalization and Security (IGLOS), University of Denver.

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