Nuclear Proliferation

The Erosion of the Nuclear Taboo

Shahin Malik • Oct 6 2022 • Articles

In the context of the war in Ukraine, the world may be entering a more dangerous phase where the use of nuclear weapons, however localised and limited, emerges as an option.

Nuclear Weapons and International Relations

Stephen McGlinchey • Mar 27 2022 • Online resources

It may seem strange but, despite their offensive power, nuclear weapons are primarily held as defensive tools – unlikely to be ever used. This is due to a concept central to IR known as ‘deterrence’.

North Korea’s Withdrawal from the NPT: Neorealism and Selectorate Theory

Su Bai • Jan 27 2022 • Essays

Both neorealism and the selectorate theory show that North Korea’s demand for nuclear weapons strongly correlates with a large US military presence in East Asia.

The Lasting Repercussions of Kazakhstan’s Nuclear Disarmament

Wilder Alejandro Sánchez • Nov 17 2021 • Articles

30 years post disarmament it is important for Kazakhstan to share its post-nuclear record so that the global community can lobby more effectively for the reduction of nuclear weapons elsewhere.

Review – The Myth of the Nuclear Revolution

Maren Vieluf • Sep 26 2021 • Features

Liber and Press present a strong case for a more cautious approach to continued nuclear deterrence, but seem to overlook the potential for catastophe.

Interview – Frank Sauer

E-International Relations • Mar 30 2021 • Features

Frank Sauer discusses the Iran Nuclear Deal, the ‘nuclear taboo’ and deterrence, nuclear sharing, and several treaties on nuclear weapons, including the New START, NPT, and TPNW.

New Warfare Domains and the Deterrence Theory Crisis

Rizwana Abbasi • May 13 2020 • Articles

The emergence of hybrid threats and hybrid war has altered the nature of the battlefield thereby transforming the relevance of nuclear deterrence.

What Does the Death of the INF Say About the US’ Friendships?

Rupert Culyer • Nov 18 2019 • Articles

The US had ample opportunity to consult on its policy and strategy and have instead chosen a course of action which threatens the stability of historic alliances.

Creating an Environment for Nuclear Disarmament

Rizwana Abbasi • Aug 2 2019 • Articles

CEND could play a leading role to the comprehension of states’ rivalries and threat perceptions that compel them to achieve technological efficiency and sufficiency.

Review – The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth

Luke Cooper • Jul 4 2019 • Features

Mandelbaum’s book is an analytically flawed, contradictory and unconventional piece of realist scholarship that considers the instability of the post-Cold War period.

Interview – Andrew Hom

E-International Relations • May 12 2019 • Features

Andrew Hom tells us about the temporal turn in IR, different understandings of time, how time is political, and some of the best advice he has received during his career.

Becoming a ‘Responsible Power’?: China’s New Role During the JCPOA Negotiations

Daniel Johanson • Apr 4 2019 • Articles

When U.N. requirements were not met by Iran, China allowed stricter sanctions to be passed. Each time, China’s goal was to have Iran come back to the negotiating table.

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