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On the capacity of great powers to influence nuclear proliferation
by Dittmeier, Christopher R., Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012, 136; 3509256
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
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
Subjects: International Relations
Keywords: Commitment problem, Extended deterrence, Great powers, Nuclear proliferation, Second-tier states, Systemic theory
Publication Number: 3509256
ISBN: 978-1-267-35577-5
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