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dc.contributor.advisorBlanken, Leo
dc.contributor.advisorDavis, Zachary
dc.contributor.authorEstrada, Ricardo
dc.contributor.authorKochli, Andrew
dc.contributor.authorMinnie, Paul
dc.date16-Jun
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-02T19:34:52Z
dc.date.available2016-08-02T19:34:52Z
dc.date.issued2016-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/49453
dc.description.abstractThis research identifies and characterizes a U.S.-centric counter nuclear smuggling network in Europe, and recommends ways to improve its cooperation and effectiveness. The purpose is to provide USSOCOM, NSHQ, and the larger counterproliferation (CP) community with an understanding of how the current network functions, its strengths and weaknesses, and how it can be improved. The research starts by examining prominent theories of international relations to understand cooperation within the network. Afterward, social network analysis (SNA) is used to define the Counter Nuclear SmugglingÐ Europe (CNS-E) network and characterize its structure. Lastly, the function of the network is assessed using realistic vignettes based upon current threats in Europe. The results of this research indicate that the CNS-E network is highly decentralized and dense. Cooperation is abundant, though not sufficiently strong to ensure that information is shared. This research concludes by making the following recommendations: 1) The U.S. government should focus on strengthening existing relations, not creating new relations; 2) The network should centralize capabilities and information in regional hubs; 3) USSOCOM and NSHQ should establish strong relationships with law enforcement agencies; 4) USSOCOM and NSHQ can contribute to nonproliferation efforts by conducting threat assessments of European chemical biological radiological nuclear (CBRN) facilities.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/cooperationmongn1094549453
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleCooperation among nations: understanding the counter nuclear smuggling network in Europeen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.subject.authorweapons of mass destructionen_US
dc.subject.authorcounterproliferationen_US
dc.subject.authornonproliferationen_US
dc.subject.authorsocial network analysisen_US
dc.subject.authornuclear smugglingen_US
dc.subject.authorEuropeen_US
dc.subject.authorcounter-terrorismen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, United States Navyen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Armyen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Armyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Defense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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