The Strategic Logic of Nuclear Proliferation

  title={The Strategic Logic of Nuclear Proliferation},
  author={Nuno P. Monteiro and Alexandre Debs},
  journal={International Security},
When do states acquire nuclear weapons? To address this question, a strategic theory of nuclear proliferation must take into account the security goals of all of the key actors: the potential proliferator, its adversaries, and, when present, its allies. To acquire nuclear weapons, a state must possess both the willingness and the opportunity to proliferate. Willingness requires the presence of a grave security threat against which no ally offers reliable protection. Opportunity requires that… Expand
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