Publication Date

2017-05-03

Availability

Open access

Embargo Period

2017-05-03

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)

Department

International Studies (Arts and Sciences)

Date of Defense

2017-02-15

First Committee Member

Roger Kanet

Second Committee Member

Bruce Bagley

Third Committee Member

Bradford McGuinn

Fourth Committee Member

Juan Larrain

Abstract

Over 30 countries have embarked on a nuclear weapons program, but only five additional states have joined the original five members of the nuclear club. With adequate supply and demand for many states to conceivably obtain nuclear capability, it is still puzzling why the success rate is poor. This paper adds a different supply variable and argues successful proliferation depends on having the tacit or overt support of a Great Power where they cannot otherwise provide credible deterrence.

Keywords

nuclear; nonproliferation; international; security

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