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The rise of the autocratic nuclear marketplace

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Authors
Miller, Nicholas L.
Volpe, Tristan A.
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Economic statecraft
nuclear trade
nonproliferation
regime type
great power competition
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Date of Issue
2022-04-03
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Taylor & Francis Group
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Abstract
The United States established itself as the dominant supplier of civil nuclear technology in the 1960s. But Moscow soon caught up, supplanting Washington after the Cold War. What led to the rise of this autocratic nuclear marketplace? We identify two factors. First, polarity shapes the motives for states to pursue civil nuclear exports. The superpowers faced strong motivations under bipolar ity, but unipolarity put greater pressure on Russia to compete for influence with nuclear exports. Second, regime type affects state capacity to execute this strategy. We find that Moscow enjoyed an autocratic advantage, which insu lated its nuclear industry from domestic opposition.
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The article of record as published may be found at https://doi.org/10.1080/01402390.2022.2052725
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Defense Analysis
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Naval Postgraduate School
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40 p.
Citation
Miller, Nicholas L., and Tristan A. Volpe. "The rise of the autocratic nuclear marketplace." Journal of Strategic Studies 46.6-7 (2023): 1325-1363.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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