Public Opinion, Commitment Traps, and Nuclear Weapons Policy
Center on Contemporary Conflict
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Policymakers and scholars widely believe that there is a deep public aversion to nuclear weapons. But there is no empirical evidence on the strength of “antinuclear instincts” and the conditions under which they operate in the United States and other countries. This is especially relevant in light of current debates over “red lines” for military intervention, concerns about non-combatant immunity, and escalation dangers in military conflicts.
Performer: CISAC, Stanford University Principal Investigator: Scott D. Sagan Cost: $100,000 Fiscal Year(s): 2014-2015