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Brian Michael Jenkins, WILL TERRORISTS GO NUCLEAR? author: Mr. Media Interview

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On September 16th, 2008, seven years after September 11th, Brian Michael Jenkins—one of the world's leading authorities on terrorism— published a book called Will Terrorists Go Nuclear? It explores the threats posed by nuclear terrorism. Jenkins has been advising the military, government and prestigious think tanks on the dangers of escalating terrorism for more than thirty years and is currently a senior advisor to the president of the Rand Corporation. Some of the issues that he explores in the book include: nuclear weapons as instruments of coercion or of pure destruction; Are those we label religious fanatics constrained by political and strategic calculations; If a nuclear attack took place on American soil, what life and death decisions would the President be forced to make. Jenkins covers Al Qaeda in his book as well as the scenarios and plots covered in movies and novels. He separates real and imagined dangers and gives a level headed analysis of the situation. Web Site