Disaggregating Noncompliance: Exit andPredation in the Nonproliferation Regime

48 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2009 Last revised: 29 May 2009

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Jeffrey Berejikian

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Matthew Fuhrmann

Texas A&M University

Date Written: March 23, 2009

Abstract

How do countries behave towards international agreements they do not intend to comply with? Do they enter agreements and cheat or do they decline participation altogether? We address these questions by analyzing how countries pursuing nuclear weapons treat the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). Why do some proliferators enter the NPT and cheat while others do not? We argue that democratic proliferators are less likely to join the NPT for a variety of theoretical reasons. A Heckman probit selection model designed to analyze the behavior of proliferators between 1968 and 2006 reveals that non-democratic proliferators are substantially more likely than democratic proliferators to make deceitful nonproliferation commitments. Armed conflict and strong nonproliferation norms increase the likelihood that states will disingenuously enter the NPT. High levels of industrial capacity reduce this probability. These findings enhance scholarly understanding of nuclear proliferation and generally underscore the value of disaggregating noncompliant behavior.

Keywords: Nuclear nonproliferation treaty, proliferation, democracy, international law, international security, statistical analysis

Suggested Citation

Berejikian, Jeffrey and Fuhrmann, Matthew, Disaggregating Noncompliance: Exit andPredation in the Nonproliferation Regime (March 23, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1367382 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1367382

Jeffrey Berejikian

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Matthew Fuhrmann (Contact Author)

Texas A&M University ( email )

College Station, TX 77843
United States

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