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
     
 

"In order to curb nuclear-weapons proliferation, it is of fundamental importance to identify the underlying rationale for certain states to seek a nuclear-weapons option, as well as to understand why the vast majority of states, possessing the necessary technology, do not develop nuclear weapons. The international community still has much to learn in this regard

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"In order to curb nuclear-weapons proliferation, it is of fundamental importance to identify the underlying rationale for certain states to seek a nuclear-weapons option, as well as to understand why the vast majority of states, possessing the necessary technology, do not develop nuclear weapons. The international community still has much to learn in this regard and Nuclear Logics is a valuable and timely contribution to this discussion."—Dr. Hans Blix, chairman of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission

"Professor Solingen has illuminated an important and often neglected aspect of nuclear motivations, namely the domestic conditions that underlie a country's decision to acquire nuclear weapons. Her well-researched and powerful argument asserts that nuclear-weapons programs are more likely to emerge from states that are hostile to economic openness and, conversely, that they are less likely where states are more willing to integrate with the global political economy."—Mitchell B. Reiss, College of William and Mary

"Solingen not only provides a cogent account of the divergent nuclear trajectories of East Asia and the Middle East, but develops a powerful general explanation resting on whether the state's ruling coalition is inward looking or is geared to integrating with the rest of the world. Both in its challenge to standard views and in its strong positive arguments, this is a study of great value."—Robert Jervis, Columbia University

"Etel Solingen's Nuclear Logics provides the depth and insight needed to understand today's urgent dilemmas of nuclear proliferation. She convincingly shows that opening up shuttered states to expanded international economic ties can undermine the political constituencies that favor nuclear weapons programs."—Jack Snyder, Columbia University

"Nuclear Logics is a first-class piece of work. It deals with a prominent issue, and its central approach—doing a focused, detailed comparison of two regions that started out much the same but have differed in their subsequent histories on proliferation—generates a wealth of interesting and instructive insights."—John Mueller, Ohio State University

"What is most impressive and significant about Solingen's scholarship is its breadth. Her prose is clear and often elegant. I believe her book, which truly is pioneering in both the international-relations and nonproliferation fields, is accessible to both scholars and university students. I am sure it will become required reading in many graduate courses."—William C. Potter, Monterey Institute of International Studies

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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:
1,088,528
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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