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The impact of technology on warfare and security has been demonstrated many times. The unavoidable diffusion of technology has added to concerns about the possibility of technology reaching irresponsible hands. Technology control regimes have formed a vital component of national security strategies for controlling proliferation and denying technological advantages to adversaries. Future challenges to arms control and non-proliferation will demand wider cooperation among increasingly interdependent nations. The author makes a case for a broader cooperative management approach to technology controls. Harmonious international cooperation among the majority of nations will be vital to achieving objectives linked to non-proliferation, disarmament and global socio-economic progress. This, in turn, could reduce the common dangers linked to weapons of mass destruction and terrorism, thereby enhancing international stability.
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1. Introduction: technology and security in the 21st century
2. Changing threat perceptions and proliferation concerns
3. A different perspective on arms control and export control regimes
4. Technology diffusion in the 21st century
About the author
Professor Amitav Mallik (India) has been a research scientist since 1966. His work at the Solid State Physics Laboratory, Delhi, was instrumental in India's development of gas lasers. In 1975–85 he was Professor of Electronics at the Institute of Armament Technology, Pune. In 1985 he worked at the Defence Science Centre, Delhi; in 1988–94 he was Advisor, Defence Technology at the Indian Embassy in Washington, DC; and he later worked for the Indian Ministry of Defence. He became Director of the Defence Science Centre in 1996 and established the Laser Science & Technology Centre. He has written many technical and analysis papers and reports and in 2002 received the Padma Shri award. He has been a member of India's National Security Advisory Board since 2003.
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ISBN 0-19-927175-5 - hardback, 151 pp.
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