When Proliferation Causes Peace

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280 pp., 6 x 9
ISBN: 9781626164949 (1626164940)

280 pp., 6 x 9
ISBN: 9781626164956 (1626164959)

November 2017
LC: 2017002309


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When Proliferation Causes Peace
The Psychology of Nuclear Crises
Michael D. Cohen

Does state acquisition of nuclear weapons lead to stability and peace or instability and crises? This is one of the great debates in international relations scholarship. Michael D. Cohen argues that nuclear weapons acquisition often does dangerously embolden the acquiring state to undertake coercion and aggression, but that this behavior moderates over time as leaders learn the dangers and limitations of nuclear coercion. This book examines the historical cases of the Soviet Union and Pakistan in depth and also looks at mini-cases involving the United States, China, and India. This book broadens our understanding of how leaders and states behave when they acquire nuclear weapons and is important reading for scholars and students of international relations, security studies, and political psychology.

Michael D. Cohen is a senior lecturer in security studies at Macquarie University in Australia. He is coeditor of North Korea and Nuclear Weapons. His articles have appeared in International Security, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, The Non-Proliferation Review, and Strategic Studies Quarterly.

"Too often the effect of nuclear weapons on a state's foreign policy is discussed without regard for the passage of time. Using political psychology, Michael Cohen examines historical cases and shows that new nuclear states learn from their brushes with disaster and come to appreciate that while their arsenals may protect them, they are too dangerous to provide leverage to make gains. This is a significant contribution to our knowledge."—Robert Jervis, author of How Statesmen Think: The Psychology of International Politics, Saltzman Institute of War & Peace Studies

Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Psychology, Nuclear Crisis, and Foreign Policy
3. The Soviet Union, 1956-1962
4. Pakistan, 1998-2002
5. Further Tests: Kennedy, Vajpayee, Nixon, and Mao
6. Conclusion: When Proliferation Causes Peace
About the Author