Date Thesis Awarded

4-2012

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)

Department

International Relations

Advisor

Amy Oakes

Committee Member

Dennis A. Smith

Committee Member

Hiroshi Kitamura

Abstract

This research forms a theoretical extension to Nina Tannenwald's nuclear taboo, positing that there is a stability-instability paradox intrinsic to the norm. Through case study investigations of the Korean War, Cuban Missile Crisis, and Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, I demonstrate that as the strength of the nuclear taboo increases over time, the incidence and severity of low- and mid-level conflict increase as well.

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Comments

Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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