Nuclear proliferation is an important contemporary security issue, yet is a different problem than the one faced during the Cold War. The diffusion of nuclear weapons beyond the great powers invites a new analysis of structural effects on proliferation outcomes. The second-tier states—those for which the nuclear debate is currently playing out—do not interact in a strictly-anarchic system, but in a system conditioned by the preferences and behaviors of the tier of great-power states. The great powers' capacity (or lack thereof) to make concessions, enforce commitments, or otherwise alter the expected consequences of second-tier behavior changes the rational decision making process for these states. This dissertation examines how the structural differences experienced by second-tier states affect the problem of nuclear proliferation, providing insights for the extent of great-power ability to influence future diffusion.
|Advisor:||Crescenzi, Mark J. C.|
|Commitee:||Bapat, Navin A., Bassi, Anna, Cranmer, Skyler J., Gent, Stephen E.|
|School:||The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Department:||Political Science: Doctoral|
|School Location:||United States -- North Carolina|
|Source:||DAI-A 73/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Commitment problem, Extended deterrence, Great powers, Nuclear proliferation, Second-tier states, Systemic theory|
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