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Roundtable on Bargaining on Nuclear Tests: Washington And Its Cold War Rivals by Or Rabinowitz

| November 16, 2015

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A Roundtable review of Bargaining on Nuclear Tests: Washington And Its Cold War Rivals by Or Rabinowitz.

"In Bargaining on Nuclear Tests the historian Or Rabinowitz demonstrates the rare ability to engage with contemporary policy debates on nuclear proliferation and U.S. nonproliferation strategies on the one hand, and successfully utilize qualitative analytical frameworks in social science like prospect theory (19) on the other. The monograph, based on the author's doctoral dissertation completed at King's College London, examines key periods in Israeli, South African and Pakistani nuclear trajectories, when the United States concluded agreements — implicit or explicit— with each of these states to either contain the progress of their nuclear weapons programs, or underplay their advancement. Additionally, Rabinowitz dedicates a chapter to India's nuclear program, where she underlines the lack of leverage experienced by Washington towards New Delhi — a non-ally, non-adversary— in the Cold War. She does a remarkable job at framing her cases, namely, Israel, South Africa, Pakistan, and India, within the context of East-West bloc rivalry in the global Cold War. Bargaining on Nuclear Tests aptly demonstrates how U.S. nonproliferation policy has been a negotiated reality vis-à-vis Washington’s larger foreign policy priorities throughout the Cold War...."

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For Academic Citation: Gavin, Francis J., Gaurav Kampani, Jayita Sarkar, and Or Rabinowitz. “Roundtable on Bargaining on Nuclear Tests: Washington And Its Cold War Rivals by Or Rabinowitz.” H-Diplo/ISSF, vol. VIII. no. 4. November 16, 2015.

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