S-Space Graduate School of International Studies (국제대학원) Dept. of International Studies (국제학과) Journal of International and Area Studies Journal of International and Area Studies vol.15 (2008)
Chicken Pax Atomica: The Cold War Stability of Nuclear Deterrence
- Pasley, James F.
- Issue Date
- Institute of International Affairs, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
- Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol.15 No.2, pp. 21-39
- 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.
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