Estimating the Demand for Nuclear Weapons: The Agenda Ahead
Center on Contemporary Conflict
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The project will investigate the historical demand for nuclear weapons in order to better understand why states do or do not pursue them. In the last three decades, the study of nuclear proliferation has straddled the academic-policy divide, with a wave of systematic studies spanning different theoretical and methodological approaches. However, there has been little effort to integrate these various approaches to develop a comprehensive understanding of cases of nuclear proliferation or nonproliferation. This project seeks to understand which states have pursued nuclear weapons and why, as well as which have abstained from doing so despite incentives and capabilities and why.
Performer: University of California—Irvine Project Lead: Etel Solingen Project Cost: $100,054 FY16–17
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