Russia and the United States have a special responsibility to connect “vertical” nuclear disarmament and “horizontal” nonproliferation. Russian and American behavior will influence the choices made by nonnuclear states about the decision for a nuclear weapons capability or for the acquisition of a complete nuclear fuel cycle with the potential for weaponization. This study uses an analytical model to examine the stability of a possible future world in which nonproliferation efforts “hold the line” against new nuclear states, while the U.S. and Russia maintain stable deterrence at reduced levels of deployed forces.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Political Science and International Relations