The Myth of the Peaceful Atom

Joseph A. Camilleri, 'The Myth of the Peaceful Atom', Millenium: Journal of International Studies, Vol. 6 No. 2, Autumn, 1977, pp. 111-128.


Ever since World War II American nuclear policy has suffered from a fundamental contradiction. While attempting to restrain the spread of nuclear weapons, it has actively promoted the dissemination of nuclear technology, thereby bringing the nuclear option within the reach of several countries. The recent Carter decision to defer the reprocessing and recycling of spent fuel while encouraging the light water reactor industry confirms the persisting contradiction in America's anti-proliferation strategy.