Nuclear Power, Nuclear Proliferation and the NPT

36 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2010 Last revised: 14 Aug 2010

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

Will the spread of nuclear power to new states lead to the spread of nuclear weapons? I argue that the answer will depend on which states get nuclear power, which states acquire sensitive nuclear facilities (uranium enrichment and plutonium reprocessing) and the rules that govern technology transfers. I review the literature on "the supply side" problem in nuclear proliferation and conclude with suggestions for future research on the effect of the NPT on governments' decisions to accept constraints on their nuclear weapons options.

Keywords: Nuclear power, nuclear proliferation, NPT, sensitive nuclear facilities

JEL Classification: N40

Suggested Citation

Sagan, Scott D., Nuclear Power, Nuclear Proliferation and the NPT (2010). APSA 2010 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1642168

Scott D. Sagan (Contact Author)

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

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