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Doomed to Cooperate: How Russian and American scientists collaborated to avert nuclear disaster at the end of the Cold War

Doomed to Cooperate: How Russian and American scientists collaborated to avert nuclear disaster at the end of the Cold War

Before its collapse in 1991, the Soviet Union had some 27,000 nuclear weapons stockpiled across the Republic and enough weapons grade plutonium and uranium to triple that number. When the USSR fell, nuclear experts faced a precarious dilemma - how to prevent these now "loose" nukes from falling into the hands of those who could use these materials to unleash nuclear disaster on the world?