WASHINGTON — A longtime expert on terrorism and nuclear arms is
calling on the United States and others to identify fresh responses to a
potential crisis in which a nation such as Pakistan or North Korea
loses control over nuclear weapons or fissile material, without the West
necessarily intervening by force.
“Outside intervention in these circumstances is a long shot, at best,”
in terms of entering a nation in crisis and attempting to locate and
secure any so-called “loose nukes” held by rogue actors or extremists,
Brian Jenkins, a senior adviser to the RAND Corp. president, said at a
“One should not have any degree of optimism that we can do this,” he
said, speaking at the Stimson Center. “This is much more complicated
than, for example, going after Osama bin Laden.”
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