Joining the Non-Proliferation Treaty: Deterrence, Non-Proliferation and the American Alliance

1st Edition

John Baylis, Yoko Iwama

Published July 26, 2018
Reference - 214 Pages
ISBN 9781138571457 - CAT# Y382237
Series: Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics


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What were the calculations made by the US and its major allies in the 1960s when they faced the signing of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)? These were all states with the technological and financial capabilities to develop and possess nuclear weapons should they wish to do so. In the end, only the United Kingdom and France became nuclear weapon states. Eventually, all of them joined the non-proliferation regime.

Leading American, British, Canadian, French, German and Japanese scholars consider key questions that faced the signatories to the NPT:

  • How imperative was nuclear deterrence in facing the perceived threat to their country?
  • How reliable did they think the US extended deterrence was, and how costly would an independent deterrent be both financially and politically?
  • Was there a regional option?
  • How much future was there in the civilian nuclear energy sector for their country and what role would the NPT play in this area?
  • What capabilities needed to be preserved for the country’s future and how could this be made compatible with the NPT?
  • What were the determining factors of deciding whether to join the NPT?

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