Nuclear Weapons and Proxy Conflict
Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies
Defense and Strategic Studies
William Van Cleave
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.
nuclear weapons, security, international environment, proxy conflict, realism
Defense and Security Studies
© Matthew Bowen
Bowen, Matthew, "Nuclear Weapons and Proxy Conflict" (2005). MSU Graduate Theses. 1382.