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Testing the strategic theory of preventive war: the case of the Chinese nuclear weapons program
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Euroasian Studies.
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2007 (English)In: Asian Security, ISSN 1479-9855, Vol. 3, no 2, 163-173 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article tests a strategic theory of preventive war through applying it to the case of US considerations of preventive action during China’s development of nuclear weapons in the 1960s. The research concludes that, while the theory is not able to account fully for the US decision not to attack China, the study of preventive war would benefit from exploring some new ground. Here, the article suggests that constructivist power analysis, capable of explaining the different threat assessments of the two US administrations evaluated in this case, could provide helpful explanatory power.

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Philadelphia, PA: Routledge , 2007. Vol. 3, no 2, 163-173 p.
Keyword [en]
Preventive war, Nuclear weapons, China, United States, Foreign policy
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-11505DOI: doi:10.1080/14799850701340667OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-11505DiVA: diva2:39274
Available from: 2007-09-20 Created: 2009-03-26 Last updated: 2009-04-03Bibliographically approved

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