Thesis Title

Nuclear Weapons and Proxy Conflict

Author

Matthew Bowen

Date of Graduation

Spring 2005

Degree

Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies

Department

Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

William Van Cleave

Keywords

nuclear weapons, security, international environment, proxy conflict, realism

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies

Abstract

The central argument herein attempts to highlight the destabilizing effects of nuclear weapons through the concept of proxy conflict. Due to the fact that such arsenals aggravate the costs of direction competition between nuclear states, the desire for relative power within the international system forces states to compete indirectly through proxies or surrogates. Such behavior was prevalent during the Cold War and can be seen currently in the emerging security environment. Given such evidence, the logical implication follows that such behavior may well affect the national interests of the United States in the future.

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© Matthew Bowen

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