The Strategic Logic of Nuclear Proliferation

  title={The Strategic Logic of Nuclear Proliferation},
  author={Nuno P. Monteiro and A. Debs},
  journal={International Security},
When do states acquire nuclear weapons? This article introduces a strategic theory of nuclear proliferation that takes into account the security goals of all key actors: the potential proliferator, its adversaries, and, when present, its allies. In order to acquire nuclear weapons, we argue, a state must possess both the willingness and the opportunity to proliferate. Willingness requires the presence of a grave security threat that is not covered by a reliable ally. Opportunity requires high… Expand
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