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The Dynamics of Nuclear Proliferation : Theoretical Astrophysics Ser. - Stephen M. Meyer

The Dynamics of Nuclear Proliferation

Theoretical Astrophysics Ser.

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Published: 1st January 1984
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Stephen M. Meyer steps back from the emotions and rhetoric surrounding the nuclear arms debates to provide a systematic examination of the underlying determinants of nuclear weapons proliferation. Looking at current theories of nuclear proliferation, he asks: Must a nation that acquires the technical capability to manufacture nuclear weapons eventually do so? In an analysis, remarkable for its rigor and accessibility, Meyer provides the first empirical, statistical model explaining why particular countries became nuclear powers when they did. His findings clearly contradict the notion that the pace of nuclear proliferation is controlled by a technological imperative and show that political and military factors account for the past decisions of nations to acquire or forgo the development of nuclear weapons.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Nuclear Proliferation: Contending Views
The Technological Basis of Nuclear Proliferation
The Motivational Basis of Nuclear Proliferation
Is There a Technological Imperative?
Testing the Motivational Hypothesis
The Dynamics of the Nuclear Proliferation Process
Forecasting Nuclear Proliferation Concluding Observations
Appendixes
Historical Decisions to Initiate Nuclear Weapons Programs
The Technical Model
Cost-Estimating Procedures
Estimating Nuclear Propensities
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780226521497
ISBN-10: 0226521494
Series: Theoretical Astrophysics Ser.
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 1st January 1984
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 20.0  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Type: New edition