Date Thesis Awarded
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Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Dennis A. Smith
This research forms a theoretical extension to Nina Tannenwald's nuclear taboo, positing that there is a stability-instability paradox intrinsic to the norm. Through case study investigations of the Korean War, Cuban Missile Crisis, and Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, I demonstrate that as the strength of the nuclear taboo increases over time, the incidence and severity of low- and mid-level conflict increase as well.
Bessler, Andrew Bryan, "The Nuclear Taboo Paradox: Destabilizing Consequences of the Norm" (2012). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 489.
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