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Chicken Pax Atomica: The Cold War Stability of Nuclear Deterrence

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Authors
Pasley, James F.
Issue Date
2008-12
Publisher
Institute of International Affairs, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
Citation
Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol.15 No.2, pp. 21-39
Keywords
Cold WarDeterrenceEscalationNuclear WeaponsProliferation
Abstract
Nuclear weapons, long considered the bête noire of human existence are examined in this article to

ascertain if the heinous effects they threaten ultimately serve to promote deterrence between pairs of

states. The findings suggest that nuclear weapons did have a significant impact on conflict when

present on both sides of dyadic disputes during the Cold War. In such symmetrical nuclear pairs

conflict levels are quantitatively shown to be reduced, suggesting that the conflict inhibiting qualities of

these weapons long espoused by nuclear optimists are legitimate.
ISSN
1226-8550
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/96466
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