Achieving Nuclear Ambitions: Scientists, Politicians, and by Jacques E. C. Hymans

By Jacques E. C. Hymans

Regardless of the worldwide unfold of nuclear and data, at the least 1/2 the nuclear guns tasks introduced considering that 1970 have definitively failed, or even the profitable tasks have normally wanted way more time than anticipated. to give an explanation for this difficult slowdown in proliferation, Jacques E. C. Hymans makes a speciality of the family among politicians and medical and technical staff in constructing international locations. via undermining the staff' spirit of professionalism, constructing kingdom rulers by accident thwart their very own nuclear pursuits. Combining wealthy theoretical research, in-depth historic case reports of Iraq, China, Yugoslavia and Argentina and insightful analyses of current-day proliferant states, reaching Nuclear targets develops a strong new standpoint that successfully counters the frequent fears of a coming cascade of recent nuclear powers.

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241. Very recently the proliferation literature has started to wake up to the importance of implementation-related questions. See especially Scott D. Sagan, “Nuclear Latency and Nuclear Proliferation,” in William C. , Forecasting Nuclear Proliferation in the 21st Century, Vol. 1: The Role of Theory (Stanford University Press, 2010), pp. 80–101. See also Alexander H. Montgomery, “Stop Helping Me: When Nuclear Assistance Impedes Nuclear Programs,” paper presented at the Nuclear Renaissance and International Security workshop, Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, February 1, 2010.

Even so, it is striking that the social-scientiic proliferation literature has not noticed this major theme in the historical literature and tried to apply it to a wider range of cases. I believe that this is due to the general lack of interest in questions of policy implementation in the security studies ield in recent years. Bringing implementation back in This book is not meant merely to ill a lacuna in the literature on nuclear proliferation, but also to point out a more general lacuna in the ield of security studies.

53–80. htm. 12 on Mon Oct 08 08:06:42 BST 2012. 002 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2012 The empirical puzzle 19 consummated, such threats might slow down the proliferant state’s accomplishment of its task, since the need to conceal and decentralize the nuclear work would take time and resources. 51 However, the realist military threats hypothesis is even less convincing than the realist entangling alliance hypothesis. For starters, recall that the alliance variable does not empirically appear to matter very much.

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