Nuclear Logics: Contrasting Paths in East Asia and the Middle East

Nuclear Logics: Contrasting Paths in East Asia and the Middle East

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by Etel Solingen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691134685

ISBN-13: 9780691134680

Pub. Date: 08/06/2007

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Nuclear Logics examines why some states seek nuclear weapons while others renounce them. Looking closely at nine cases in East Asia and the Middle East, Etel Solingen finds two distinct regional patterns. In East Asia, the norm since the late 1960s has been to forswear nuclear weapons, and North Korea, which makes no secret of its nuclear ambitions, is the

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Nuclear Logics examines why some states seek nuclear weapons while others renounce them. Looking closely at nine cases in East Asia and the Middle East, Etel Solingen finds two distinct regional patterns. In East Asia, the norm since the late 1960s has been to forswear nuclear weapons, and North Korea, which makes no secret of its nuclear ambitions, is the anomaly. In the Middle East the opposite is the case, with Iran, Iraq, Israel, and Libya suspected of pursuing nuclear-weapons capabilities, with Egypt as the anomaly in recent decades.

Identifying the domestic conditions underlying these divergent paths, Solingen argues that there are clear differences between states whose leaders advocate integration in the global economy and those that reject it. Among the former are countries like South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan, whose leaders have had stronger incentives to avoid the political, economic, and other costs of acquiring nuclear weapons. The latter, as in most cases in the Middle East, have had stronger incentives to exploit nuclear weapons as tools in nationalist platforms geared to helping their leaders survive in power. Solingen complements her bold argument with other logics explaining nuclear behavior, including security dilemmas, international norms and institutions, and the role of democracy and authoritarianism. Her account charts the most important frontier in understanding nuclear proliferation: grasping the relationship between internal and external political survival. Nuclear Logics is a pioneering book that is certain to provide an invaluable resource for researchers, teachers, and practitioners while reframing the policy debate surrounding nonproliferation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691134680
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/06/2007
Series:
Princeton Studies in International History and Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
420
Sales rank:
1,077,822
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part One: Introduction and Conceptual Framework 1
Chapter One: Introduction 3
Chapter Two: Alternative Logics on Denuclearization 23

Part Two: East Asia: Denuclearization as the Norm, Nuclearization as the Anomaly 55
Chapter Three: Japan 57
Chapter Four: South Korea 82
Chapter Five: Taiwan (Republic of China) 100
Chapter Six: North Korea 118

Part Three: The Middle East: Nuclearization as the Norm, Denuclearization as the Anomaly 141
Chapter Seven: Iraq 143
Chapter Eight: Iran 164
Chapter Nine: Israel 187
Chapter Ten: Libya 213
Chapter Eleven: Egypt 229

Part Four: Conclusions 247
Chapter Twelve: Findings, Futures, and Policy Implications 249
Notes 301
References 351
Index 385

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