Date of Submission
Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
This paper examines the impact of nuclear weapons on conflict behavior between states. Using the Soviet Union and China engaging in conflict with the United States from 1950 to 1965 as case studies, this paper provides support for the theory that nuclear weapons do impact conflict behavior. It was found that newer nuclear states will rely on bold brinkmanship strategies while older nuclear states will rely on deterrence. Non-nuclear states will use avoidance and deterrence when engaging in conflict with a nuclear power.
Keywords: nuclear weapons, deterrence, brinkmanship, conflict, conflict behavior
Wood, Georgia, "On the Brink: The Impact of Nuclear Weapons on Conflict Behavior Between States" (2021). CMC Senior Theses. 2593.