Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

Strategies of Nuclear Proliferation: How States Pursue the Bomb

| Winter 2016/17

Summary

Understanding which nuclear proliferation strategies are available to states and how to thwart them is crucial for global security. Analysis of the strategies chosen by potential proliferators, and particularly the history of India’s nuclear program, shows how states choose among four possible proliferation strategies: hedging, sprinting, hiding, and sheltered pursuit. Each strategy has vulnerabilities that can be exploited to prevent proliferation.

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For Academic Citation:

Vipin Narang, "Strategies of Nuclear Proliferation: How States Pursue the Bomb," International Security, Vol. 41, No. 3 (Winter 2016/17), pp. 110–150.

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