What are the political effects of nuclear acquisition? When nuclear weapons yield important military benefits to the state that acquires them, adversaries and allies will internalize the greater risk of escalation. Consequently, they may make political concessions to the new nuclear power, leading it to enjoy improved relations with adversaries, increased support from loose allies, and greater autonomy from close allies. This seminar will examine these political effects of nuclear acquisition in the cases of France, China, Israel, and South Africa and reflect on the likely political consequences of eventual Iranian nuclear acquisition.

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