One of the major unsolved puzzles of international politics is why only some states acquire nuclear weapons, whereas others never start a weapons program or even renounce their activities. A new theoretical framework based on the literature of American Pragmatism overcomes long-standing theoretical disaccords and provides a better understanding of the issues underlying states’ decision-making. Insights from the cases of Switzerland and Libya will be applied in order to show the benefits of such an alternative approach.

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