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.
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