Proliferation and International Crisis Behavior

  title={Proliferation and International Crisis Behavior},
  author={Victor Asal and Kyle Beardsley},
  journal={Journal of Peace Research},
  pages={139 - 155}
The literature on international conflict is divided on the impact of nuclear proliferation on state conflict. The optimists' argument contends that nuclear weapons raise the stakes so high that states are unlikely to go to war when nuclear weapons enter the equation. The pessimists rebut this argument, contending that new proliferators are not necessarily rational and that having nuclear weapons does not discourage war but rather makes war more dangerous. Focusing on one observable implication… 
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