States That End Nuclear Weapons Programs: Implications For Iran

by Freeman, Shauna Marie

Abstract (Summary)
This thesis seeks to identify factors that cause countries to discontinue their nuclear weapons program using the qualitative case study method. Regime change, regional threats and/or tensions, economic sanctions, and US influence were found to be the most significant factors in states’ decision to discontinue their nuclear weapons program. Chapter One provides an overview of the study. Chapter Two discusses regime theory, the nonproliferation regime, and the current threats to the nonproliferation regime. Chapter Three provides case studies in which states sought nuclear weapon programs but later decided to discontinue its nuclear weapon programs. Countries included in the case studies are Argentina, Brazil, Libya, North Korea, South Africa, and South Korea. Factors that contributed to each country’s decision to end their nuclear weapons program are identified. Chapter Four provides an analysis of the factors identified in Chapter Three. Chapter Five discusses Iran’s nuclear weapon program, and then consider whether any of factors and identified in Chapter Four can help us find solutions to an ongoing proliferation case. This thesis is concluded with recommendations for the nonproliferation regime and suggestions for further research.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Bowling Green State University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:nuclear proliferation non treaty nonproliferation regime weapon policy argentina brazil iran libya north korea south africa


Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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