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Deterring A Rogue- And Attempting To Stop Iran From Acquiring Nuclear Weapons

Magnus, Annie Elizabeth (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Can deterrence work against a rogue state? The following analysis is done in order to test the validity of deterrence theory upon a rogue actor, and if necessary, to try and develop it further. Whereas the security strategy proved successful against the Soviet Union because of mutual assumptions of rationality, it is questionable if it works towards new challenges today. The behavior of rogue states has been branded irrational, which makes many of the traditional claims of deterrence useless. Other factors have to be found if it is to succeed. Focusing on the psychological aspects of the theory, new insights may be discovered.

However, as the rogue concept is disputable, it becomes necessary to discuss the term in itself before any... (More)
Can deterrence work against a rogue state? The following analysis is done in order to test the validity of deterrence theory upon a rogue actor, and if necessary, to try and develop it further. Whereas the security strategy proved successful against the Soviet Union because of mutual assumptions of rationality, it is questionable if it works towards new challenges today. The behavior of rogue states has been branded irrational, which makes many of the traditional claims of deterrence useless. Other factors have to be found if it is to succeed. Focusing on the psychological aspects of the theory, new insights may be discovered.

However, as the rogue concept is disputable, it becomes necessary to discuss the term in itself before any answers can be given. Exemplifying the theoretical discussion will be an empirical one on the prospects of stopping Iran, branded a rogue, from acquiring nuclear weapons. The U.S. is chosen as the deterring actor in this regard. But seeing states as the ones to deter is not the best solution. Rather, international institutions should be given this task. The conclusion will therefore be that deterrence works best from a liberal institutionalist view rather than from a state-centric one. (Less)
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author
Magnus, Annie Elizabeth
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Deterrence, Rogue State, Iran, The U.S., Perceptions, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
English
id
1325890
date added to LUP
2006-06-19
date last changed
2006-06-19
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  abstract     = {Can deterrence work against a rogue state? The following analysis is done in order to test the validity of deterrence theory upon a rogue actor, and if necessary, to try and develop it further. Whereas the security strategy proved successful against the Soviet Union because of mutual assumptions of rationality, it is questionable if it works towards new challenges today. The behavior of rogue states has been branded irrational, which makes many of the traditional claims of deterrence useless. Other factors have to be found if it is to succeed. Focusing on the psychological aspects of the theory, new insights may be discovered.

However, as the rogue concept is disputable, it becomes necessary to discuss the term in itself before any answers can be given. Exemplifying the theoretical discussion will be an empirical one on the prospects of stopping Iran, branded a rogue, from acquiring nuclear weapons. The U.S. is chosen as the deterring actor in this regard. But seeing states as the ones to deter is not the best solution. Rather, international institutions should be given this task. The conclusion will therefore be that deterrence works best from a liberal institutionalist view rather than from a state-centric one.},
  author       = {Magnus, Annie Elizabeth},
  keyword      = {Deterrence,Rogue State,Iran,The U.S.,Perceptions,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Deterring A Rogue- And Attempting To Stop Iran From Acquiring Nuclear Weapons},
  year         = {2006},
}