Nuclear weapons as shields


Journal Article

What security benefits do nuclear weapons provide to their possessors? After accounting for two potential selection effects, the empirical evidence from all international crises from 1945 to 2000 indicates that opponents of nuclear-weapon states demonstrate restraint in turning to violent aggression. Nuclear weapons, however, have little effect on overall crisis occurrence.The authors also explore the behavioral effects of nuclear-weapons programs and find that program states have a higher proclivity for crisis occurrence. © 2009 The Author(s).

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Beardsley, K; Asal, V

Published Date

  • July 1, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 235 - 255

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1549-9219

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0738-8942

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0738894209104550

Citation Source

  • Scopus