The Perils of Proliferation: Organization Theory, Deterrence Theory, and the Spread of Nuclear Weapons

  title={The Perils of Proliferation: Organization Theory, Deterrence Theory, and the Spread of Nuclear Weapons},
  author={Scott Douglas Sagan},
  journal={International Security},
  pages={107 - 66}
  • S. Sagan
  • Published 21 January 1994
  • Political Science
  • International Security
A n apparent contradiction lies at the center of our understandings about nuclear weapons and deterrence. On the one hand, it is widely believed that nuclear weapons were an important factor in maintaining the ”long peace” between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The two superpowers avoided war despite a deep geopolitical rivalry, repeated crises, and a prolonged arms race. On the other hand, it is also widely believed that the continuing spread of nuclear weapons… 
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