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The Nuclear Taboo Paradox: Destabilizing Consequences of the Norm

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Author: Bessler, Andrew Bryan
Advisor: Oakes, Amy, 1976-
Committee Members: Smith, Dennis A.; Kitamura, Hiroshi, 1971-
Issued Date: 2012-04-30
Subjects: Nuclear taboo
Nuclear weapons
Tannenwald
Korea
Afghanistan
Cuba
Paradox
Nuclear
Norm
Brinkmanship
Conflict
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/16699
Description: This research forms a theoretical extension to Nina Tannenwald's nuclear taboo, positing that there is a stability-instability paradox intrinsic to the norm. Through case study investigations of the Korean War, Cuban Missile Crisis, and Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, I demonstrate that as the strength of the nuclear taboo increases over time, the incidence and severity of low- and mid-level conflict increase as well.
Degree: Bachelors of Arts in International Relations


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