Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Major

Political Science

Date of Defense

4-21-2015

Graduate Advisor

David Kimball

Committee

Kenneth Thomas, Ph.D

David C. Kimball, Ph.D

Adriano Udani, Ph.D

Abstract

This paper is to discuss about the problems that nuclear deterrence has, and examine the necessity of nuclear disarmament. It starts from defining the meaning of nuclear deterrence, and explores current situations about nuclear weapons in the world. After that this paper takes a closer look at some historical cases of nuclear deterrence, and finally discusses why nuclear disarmament is the most suitable way for national security. The finding of this paper is that nuclear deterrence is not the most credible theory that states should follow because there are more demerits than merits by holding the theory. Nuclear abolition is the most efficient way to protect each state.

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