Date of Award
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Rachel Epstein, Ph.D.
Nuclear Weapons, Abolition, National Security, Global Zero
This thesis examines the requirements for a world without nuclear weapons and the steps required for further reductions. It situates nuclear weapons within other weapons of mass destructions and outlines their dangers. Through the examples of the People's Republic of China, France, and the United States, the thesis explores the rationale behind state acquisition of nuclear weapons. The thesis combines the idealistic commitment of nuclear abolition movements with the national security realities of nuclear weapons states. It outlines the steps necessary for achieving a world without nuclear weapons through multiple stages, each with specific goals that have to be met before embarking on the next stage. The thesis posits that any meaningful exploration of a world without nuclear weapons can only be achieved through gradual generational change. Finally, it shows how a world without nuclear weapons would look like and the differing interpretations of global zero.
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Martonffy, Balazs, "The Strategic Feasibility of Global Zero: A Generational Approach" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 870.
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