Political Science professor discusses spread of nuclear weapons in new book

Matthew Fuhrmann

Matthew Fuhrmann, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, has recently published a book called "Atomic Assistance: How 'Atoms for Peace' Programs Cause Nuclear Insecurity." In that book, Fuhrmann says that Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace program unintentionally bolstered nuclear weaponry capabilities in developing nations. 

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Good intentions — that’s what President Dwight Eisenhower surely had when he made the famous “Atoms for Peace” address to the United Nations on Dec. 8, 1953. But according to a Texas A&M University professor, Eisenhower’s plan for peace had unintended consequences — the spread of nuclear weapons. Iran, now under suspicion by the U.S. and other nations to be developing nuclear weapons, was an early beneficiary of the Atoms for Peace program.

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