The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism
Nuclear terrorism is an urgent threat, but policy debates have been dangerously dominated by caricatured depictions of terrorist groups and potential plots. In his latest book, On Nuclear Terrorism, Michael Levi draws from past experience in areas ranging from the drug trade and the black market in fine art to conventional terrorism and nuclear engineering to paint a new picture of nuclear terrorism, and to propose new ways to confront it. He argues that an obsession with worst-case scenarios and with finding perfect defenses has blinded us to important opportunities to confront the nuclear threat. The New America Foundation/American Strategy Program invites you to join Michael A. Levi of the Council on Foreign Relations and Priscilla Lewis of the New America Foundation as they participate in a panel discussion on the real perils of nuclear terrorism the real consequences -- for policymaking and for public understanding -- of "overblowing" or "understating" it.