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Title: The medium nuclear powers and nuclear stability: The Nth Country Problem revisited

The theme of this thesis is about what is the impact of the three medium nuclear powers (Britain, France, and China) on nuclear stability. The purpose of studying this issue is to go beyond the thinking of the bipolar nuclear deterrence and to gain a better understanding of the meaning of a future multilateral nuclear world. Two different but complementary approaches -- structural realist and liberal institutionalist -- are used to interpret: (a) what are the structural reasons of the MNPs' nuclear behavior in the international system; and (b) what is the learning effect on their nuclear behavior. By examining the three countries' role in three aspects of nuclear stability (crisis stability, arms race stability, and nuclear nonproliferation), this thesis concludes that they are generally stabilizing to the international nuclear system, and rejects the relevance of the destabilizing propositions of the [open quotes]Nth Country Problem[close quotes] to the issue of the MNPs and nuclear stability.
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OSTI Identifier:
7303479
Resource Type:
Miscellaneous
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Thesis (Ph.D.)
Publisher:
College Park, MD (United States); Univ. of Maryland
Research Org:
Maryland Univ., College Park, MD (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
98 NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, SAFEGUARDS, AND PHYSICAL PROTECTION; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; CHINA; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; NUCLEAR DETERRENCE; FRANCE; UNITED KINGDOM; ARMS CONTROL; MULTILATERAL AGREEMENTS; NON-PROLIFERATION POLICY; AGREEMENTS; ASIA; DEVELOPED COUNTRIES; EUROPE; INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS; WESTERN EUROPE 350100* -- Arms Control-- Policy, Negotiations, & Legislation-- (1987-); 290600 -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Nuclear Energy