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7 - Empirical extensions

Libya, Pakistan, North Korea, Iran

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 June 2012

Jacques E. C. Hymans
Affiliation:
University of Southern California
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In this book I have presented in-depth studies of four country cases: Iraq, China, Yugoslavia, and Argentina. I chose these historical cases due to their value for theory-testing. One of the key reasons why they were valuable was the availability of minutely detailed information on their nuclear programs’ internal dynamics. As a result, in the case study chapters we have been able to witness the multiple pathways via which nuclear weapons project efficiency can be helped or hampered by the state’s management approach, and behind that, by its institutions. This would not have been possible if I had chosen to study the “hottest” cases for the proliferation literature at present – cases such as Libya, Pakistan, North Korea, and Iran – since their internal dynamics generally remain quite shrouded in mystery.

However, now that the theory has passed a series of punishing tests, it is worth considering, in a preliminary manner, how the theory might apply to the more recent cases.

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Achieving Nuclear Ambitions
Scientists, Politicians, and Proliferation
, pp. 239 - 261
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2012

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References

Jentleson, BruceWhytock, Christopher A.Who ‘Won’ Libya? The Force–Diplomacy Debate and Its Implications for Theory and PolicyInternational Security 30 2005 47CrossRefGoogle Scholar
International Atomic Energy Agency 2004
2010 www.armscontrol.org/print/4536

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  • Empirical extensions
  • Jacques E. C. Hymans, University of Southern California
  • Book: Achieving Nuclear Ambitions
  • Online publication: 05 June 2012
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139049429.008
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  • Empirical extensions
  • Jacques E. C. Hymans, University of Southern California
  • Book: Achieving Nuclear Ambitions
  • Online publication: 05 June 2012
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139049429.008
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  • Empirical extensions
  • Jacques E. C. Hymans, University of Southern California
  • Book: Achieving Nuclear Ambitions
  • Online publication: 05 June 2012
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139049429.008
Available formats
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