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Teorie proliferace jaderných zbraní
Theory of Nuclear Weapons Proliferation

Author(s): Ondřej Rojčík
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Mezinárodní politologický ústav Masarykovy univerzity v Brně
Keywords: proliferation; nuclear weapons; theory of international relations

Summary/Abstract: Owing to the collapse of Cold War security systems, nuclear weapons proliferation remains an issue that attracts significant attention from scholars. The falling technological threshold for “rogue” states and increasing availability to terrorists keeps proliferation high on the scientific agenda (although the situation in the Czech Republic differs considerably). The pivotal point of the debate is theory. This paper introduces and critically discusses the most important theoretical approaches to nuclear weapons proliferation. The text successively examines theories based on technological determinants, external determinants, domestic determinants and last but not least alternative approaches that take into account concepts such as identity, beliefs and norms. The conclusion of the paper is that single-variable approaches to nuclear weapons proliferation are unable to offer appropriate explanations of the issue. Research should reflect the multivariable nature of the subject.

  • Issue Year: XIII/2006
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 423-438
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Czech