Journal Article - American Political Science Review

Exporting the Bomb: Why States Provide Sensitive Nuclear Assistance

| February 2009

Why do states provide sensitive nuclear assistance to nonnuclear weapon states, contributing to the international spread of nuclear weapons? Using a new dataset on sensitive nuclear transfers, this paper analyzes the determinants of sensitive nuclear assistance. Dr. Kroenig first describes a simple logic of the differential effects of nuclear proliferation, which is used to generate hypotheses about the conditions under which states provide sensitive nuclear assistance. He then shows that the strategic characteristics of the potential nuclear suppliers are the most important determinants of sensitive nuclear assistance. Explanations that emphasize the importance of economic motivations do not find support in the data. This paper presents a new approach to the study of the spread of nuclear weapons, focusing on the supply side of nuclear proliferation.

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For Academic Citation: Kroenig, Matthew. Exporting the Bomb: Why States Provide Sensitive Nuclear Assistance.” American Political Science Review, vol. 103. no. 1. (February 2009) .

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