Accession Number:

AD1042196

Title:

Indispensable Nation: U.S. Security Guarantees and Nuclear Proliferation

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

School of Advanced Air And Space Studies, Air University Maxwell Air Force Base United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2017-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

79.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Nuclear Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE