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A nation must think before it acts.
A principal U.S. security concern during the last few years has been the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery, especially ballistic missiles. Reacting to that concern, the Clinton administration has talked a great deal about waging a new and more vigorous nonproliferation campaign, Yet the strategy the administration has adopted is neither very new nor especially focused. Indeed, by mixing policies toward proliferation with ideals of multilateral cooperative security, the administration has set aside important nondiplomatic tools of persuasion and statecraft in favor of policies that may even increase incentives for recalcitrant, non-nuclear states to acquire WMD and their means of delivery.