Indispensable Nation: U.S. Security Guarantees and Nuclear Proliferation
School of Advanced Air And Space Studies, Air University Maxwell Air Force Base United States
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This essay explores the connection between security guarantees and nuclear proliferation by allies of great powers. I propose a model to explain why U.S. allies pursue nuclear proliferation. I assert that this movement toward nuclear weapons occurs when an ally perceives that the U.S. defense commitment has become insufficient for the threat environment. I test this model using a case study of South Koreas exploration of nuclear weapons in the 1970s.
- Nuclear Warfare