Terrorism and the Threat of Insecure Radioactive Material

  • Nasser Ali Mohamed Alhassani

    Student thesis: Master's Thesis


    The problem of nuclear weapons is one of the fundamental problems of the world. The 20th century was a period of confrontation between superpowers, and the main argument in international relations was nuclear weapons. The only case of its use in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 proved its monstrous power and catastrophic consequences. The main problem of this century is terrorism. The most urgent problem today is the possession of nuclear weapons by terrorist organizations. President Obama called the possibility of possessing nuclear weapons by international terrorist groups as the main threat to modern society. This paper is devoted to highlighting the problem of possessing a 'dirty bomb' by organizations such as Al Qaeda and ISIS in the Middle East. In this paper, the author will try to compare their similarities and differences by such parameters as 'Intent', 'Capability' and 'Threat' in the context of RDD. This study is conditioned by the need to understand how real is the threat of obtaining and using weapons of mass destruction by non-state actors. A qualitative approach has been applied to this study; the author used a lot of reviews, books, scientific journals and articles devoted to the subject. Among other things, the author conducted his own research, namely, the interview with officials on the subject matter, thereby obtaining the necessary primary data that will help to form his own position on this issue, as well as to develop a research methodology and draw general conclusions. The work is aimed at an objective coverage of this problem, with a view to developing possible solutions to it. Information provided in this study can be used by government agencies, officials, scientific and educational institutions, as well as by individual scientists, to help them in their scientific activities.
    Date of AwardJun 2017
    Original languageAmerican English
    SupervisorBrendon Cannon (Supervisor)


    • Terrorism
    • nuclear
    • radiological
    • nuclear terrorism
    • RDD.

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