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Volume 7, Issue 2.
In this article, Amy Finkelstein examines the implications of West Germany's 1975 decision to sell to Brazil, a non-signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, sensitive nuclear technology. After first focusing on the agreement itself and Brazil's motivations for acquiring a nuclear reactor capable of producing weapons-grade material, ... read moreFinkelstein argues that past American policies harmed both U.S. -Brazil relations and America's desire for nuclear nonproliferation. The author explores present U.S. policy options and suggests that, because of Brazil's current external debt problems, the Reagan Administration has a unique opportunity to offer the Brazilian government economic aid in exchange for limiting the arrangements with Germany.