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Author Paul, T. V.

Title Power versus prudence : why nations forgo nuclear weapons / T.V. Paul
Published Montreal, Que. : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2000]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 227 pages)
Series Foreign policy, security and strategic studies
Foreign policy, security, and strategic studies.
Contents Theory -- Introduction: Theory and Nuclear Weapons Choices -- Explaining Nuclear Forbearance -- Aligned Major Economic Powers: Germany and Japan -- Aligned Middle Powers: Canada and Australia -- Neutral States: Sweden and Switzerland -- Non-Allied States: Argentina and Brazil -- Nuclear Choices of South Africa, Ukraine, and South Korea -- New Nuclear States: India, Pakistan, and Israel
Summary With the end of the Cold War, nuclear non-proliferation has emerged as a central issue in international security relations. While most existing works on nuclear proliferation deal with the question of nuclear acquisition, T.V. Paul explains why some states -- over 185 at present -- have decided to forswear nuclear weapons even when they have the technological capability or potential capability to develop them, and why some states already in possession of nuclear arms choose to dismantle them. Paul develops a prudential-realist model, arguing that a nation's national nuclear choices depend on specific regional security contexts: the non-great power stales most likely to forgo nuclear weapons are those in zones of low and moderate conflict, while nations likely to acquire such capability tend to be in zones of high conflict and engaged in protracted conflicts and enduring rivalries. He demonstrates that the choice to forbear acquiring nuclear weapons is also a function of the extent of security interdependence that states experience with other states, both allies and adversaries
Notes Published for the Centre for Security and Foreign Policy Studies and The Teleglobe+Raoul-Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-217) and index
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Subject Nuclear nonproliferation.
Nuclear weapons -- Government policy.
Security, International.
Form Electronic book
Author Teleglobe Raoul-Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies.
Université du Québec à Montréal. Centre d'études des politiques étrangères et de sécurité.
LC no. 00900058
ISBN 0773568646 (electronic bk.)
9780773568648 (electronic bk.)