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Understanding Nuclear Terrorism Is One Defense Against It

The thought of nuclear terrorism is so frightening to people that we tend to shy away from even talking about it. We speak to Dr. Michael Levi about how society can understand nuclear terrorism.

Understanding Nuclear Terrorism Is One Defense Against It

Tom Fudge: The possibility of the country of Pakistan falling into chaos is frightening because Pakistan is a nuclear power. But it's not the only country we're concerned about as it relates to nuclear weapons. The apparent efforts by Iran to create nuclear weapons have become a great concern to America and Europe, not to mention Israel. In fact, people who are concerned about nuclear proliferation imagine what may be the most dire situation: nuclear weapons in the hands of international terrorists.

But what are the chances that a terrorist would be able to cross a border with a nuke in his backpack? In fact, some people question whether Iran, itself, really has the capability to develop nuclear weapons anytime soon. We're going to spend a little time talking about proliferation and ask what we should reasonably worry about.

Dr. Levi will be giving the lecture "Rethinking Nuclear Terrorism" today (Thurs., Nov. 29) at 4p.m. at UCSD’s Robinson Building Complex.

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