This volume examines the causes and consequences of nuclear postures and nonproliferation policies.

The real-world importance of nuclear weapons has led to the production of a voluminous scholarly literature on the causes and consequences of nuclear weapons proliferation. Missing from this literature, however, is a more nuanced analysis that moves beyond a binary treatment of nuclear weapons possession, to an exploration of how different nuclear postures and nonproliferation policies may influence the proliferation of nuclear weapons and subsequent security outcomes. This volume addresses this deficit by focusing on the causes and consequences of nuclear postures and nonproliferation policies. It is the aim of this book to advance the development of a new empirical research agenda that brings systematic research methods to bear on new dimensions of the nuclear weapons phenomenon. Prior to the contributions in this volume, there has been little evidence to suggest that nuclear postures and policies have a meaningful impact on the spread of nuclear weapons or security outcomes. This book brings together a new generation of scholars, advancing innovative theoretical positions, and performing quantitative tests using original data on nuclear postures, nonproliferation policies, and WMD proliferation. Together, the chapters in this volume make novel theoretical, empirical, and methodological contributions to the field of nuclear weapons proliferation.

This book will be of much interest to students of nuclear proliferation, international relations and security studies.

chapter 1|11 pages


Nuclear posture, nonproliferation policy, and the spread of nuclear weapons

part 1|160 pages

Nonproliferation policies and the spread of nuclear weapons

chapter 2|28 pages

Force or friendship?

Explaining great power nonproliferation policy 1

chapter 6|29 pages

Talking peace, making weapons

IAEA technical cooperation and nuclear proliferation 1

chapter 7|24 pages

Making it personal

Regime type and nuclear proliferation 1

part 2|60 pages

Nuclear postures and the spread of nuclear weapons

chapter 9|28 pages

Poor man's atomic bomb?

Exploring the relationship between “weapons of mass destruction” 1

part 3|80 pages

Nuclear postures and the consequences of nuclear weapons

chapter 10|33 pages

What does it take to deter?

Regional power nuclear postures and international conflict 1

chapter 11|27 pages

Conventional wisdom?

The effect of nuclear proliferation on armed conflict 1

part 4|31 pages


chapter 13|29 pages


Contributions, future directions and policy implications