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A team of researchers at the Institute for International Studies at Stanford University compiled the "Database on Nuclear Smuggling, Theft, and Orphan Radiation Sources" (DSTO) in 2002. At the time, that database was described as the: "... most reliable currently available data on illicit trafficking of weapons-usable nuclear material" Lyudmila Zaitseva ...


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Nuclear material actually isn't all that useful, unless you also have the resources to design, build and operate your own power plants or nuclear bombs. Generally only full-blown state actors have that level of resources. For that reason, its generally felt that the only reason a terrorist organization would be looking to acquire that kind of material would ...


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Sanctions generally work when the country which suffers is isolated relatively and rely on trade with the opposite members of the sanctions. When Warsaw Pact existed it formed a separate and relatively independent economic structure from the west. It was named Comecon. As you said correctly: "All these sanctions are having crippling effects." This is an ...


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One reason for export restrictions on your currency can be to prevent foreign government agencies (CIA...) from building up stockpiles to be used in covert operations. Less to do with economics than politics of course, unless that stockpile is then dumped on your market and used to disrupt the economy through an oversupply of funds (many countries try to ...


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When you think about sanctions, you have to get your terminology right. Boycott, the organized refusal to trade with somebody. Embargo, the legal prohibition by a government to trade with somebody. Sanction, coercive economic measures by several governments. You could say that the capitalist countries had sanctions against the communist countries and vice ...


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As @T.E.D. has pointed out in the comments, NATO almost certainly had top-level planning to cover that contingency, but it is extremely unlikely that NATO ever seriously considered starting a war unilaterally. Some idea of NATO's strategic planning can be found in the review of NATO Strategy Documents, 1949-1969. These strategy documents show that the focus ...


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There have been a couple of criminal activities involving these materials including an this and some of the other events here including two murders. With the deep pockets of the governments trying to sidestep the NTP the most likely end location for bomb making materials are inside bombs in various places with criminal/terrorist organizations just plain ...


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