Nuclear Strategies of Emerging Nuclear Powers: North Korea and Iran

  title={Nuclear Strategies of Emerging Nuclear Powers: North Korea and Iran},
  author={Vipin Narang},
  journal={The Washington Quarterly},
  pages={73 - 91}
  • V. Narang
  • Published 2 January 2015
  • Political Science, Physics
  • The Washington Quarterly
What if nuclear aspirants get the bomb? How likely are they to use it? Which nuclear strategies might emerging nuclear powers adopt? These may seem like academic questions, but they are loaded with... 
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