Nuclear Proliferation and the Psychology of Political by Kelly P O'Reilly

By Kelly P O'Reilly

This publication bargains a unique method of realizing the puzzle of nuclear proliferation by means of interpreting how leaders’ ideals and perceptions in regards to the overseas method effect states' judgements to procure nuclear weapons.

Today, there's a persisting hindrance over the unfold of nuclear guns for either practitioners and students of foreign affairs. Uncertainty continues to be even if made up our minds proliferators might be stopped, as proven through the instances of North Korea and Iran. those cases of proliferation elevate questions on local balance, using pre-emptive army motion, and the opportunity of reactive-proliferation via neighbouring nations. regardless of the intense implications surrounding the unfold of those guns, proliferation scholarship has so far didn't remedy what has been defined because the "proliferation puzzle"- why perform a little international locations decide on nuclear guns whereas others don't?

The writer argues that figuring out easy mental motivations, equivalent to the function of energy and perceptions of self and others, varieties a strategic context which supplies solutions a few leader’s willingness to proliferate. Proliferation willingness is a serious, but often neglected, a part of the proliferation equation. finally, it's the mixture of willingness and proliferation chance (i.e. technical and clinical functions) that determines no matter if a rustic 'goes nuclear'. by way of interpreting numerous ancient situations of proliferation decision-making—in South Africa, India, Libya and Australia—the book's findings spotlight the elemental position of leaders’ ideals in shaping proliferation results.

This ebook may be of a lot curiosity to scholars of nuclear proliferation, political psychology, protection reviews and IR in general.

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