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Security Assurances and Nuclear Nonproliferation$
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Jeffrey W. Knopf

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804778275

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804778275.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Security Assurances and Nuclear Nonproliferation

Jeffrey W. Knopf

Stanford University Press

This book explores the potential utility of security assurances both as a nonproliferation tool and more generally. It also examines the conditions under which different types of assurance are more or less likely to be effective. Security assurances are possibly the least studied of all the strategies that states can use in efforts to affect other actors in world politics. They are important for the nuclear nonproliferation regime. The first part of this book deals with relevant theory and the history of security assurances. The second part consists of case studies that assess the effect of assurances on seven specific countries. It is noted that bilateral security guarantees have significant advantages in deterring proliferation. An overview of the chapters included in this book is finally given.

Keywords:   security assurances, world politics, nuclear nonproliferation, case studies, bilateral security guarantees

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