The Nuclear Arms Race: Prisoner's Dilemma or Perceptual Dilemma?

  title={The Nuclear Arms Race: Prisoner's Dilemma or Perceptual Dilemma?},
  author={Scott Plous},
  journal={Journal of Peace Research},
  pages={163 - 179}
  • S. Plous
  • Published 1 May 1993
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Peace Research
Traditionally, the most common game-theoretic model of the Soviet-US nuclear arms race has been an iterated Prisoner's Dilemma. According to such a model, on any given trial both superpowers are better off arming regardless of what the other side chooses, but if both sides arm the outcome is less desirable than had both sides reduced their supply of weapons. Although Soviet and US preferences resembled a Prisoner's Dilemma throughout much of the Cold War, recent evidence suggests that the arms… 

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