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Nuclear Postures and Strategies of Proliferation

Tension and instability between nuclear-armed states is just as likely to emanate from South Asia or the Korean Peninsula as it is between great powers. Yet scholars have traditionally devoted the lion's share of their attention to Russia and the United States.

Professor Vipin Narang leads the way in correctin this imbalance. His award-winning first book shows how nuclear postures among the regional nuclear powers, such as Pakistan, India, China, and Israel, vary markedly -- as do the posture's ability to deter adversaries. Dr. Narang's work, in which he uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, won acclaim from policy makers and scholars alike.

Dr. Narang's second book promises to advance the research agenda further by examining the strategies that states employ to obtain nuclear weapons. Some proliferation schemes prove more effective than others, he finds, which suggests concrete ways for the United States and others to detect and defeat those strategies.

​Related Publications:

​Vipin Narang, "Posturing for Peace? Pakistan's Nuclear Postures and South Asian Stability," International Security 34, no. 3 (Winter 2009-2010): 38-78.

Vipin Narang, "What Does it Take to Deter?: Regional Power Nuclear Postures and International Conflict," Journal of Conflict Resolution​, vol. 57, no. 3 (June, 2013), pp. 478-508.

Vipin Narang, "Five Myths about India's Nuclear Posture," The Washington Quarterly, vol. 36, no. 3 (Summer, 2013), pp. 143-157.

Vipin Narnag, "Nuclear Strategies of Emerging Nuclear Powers: North Korea and Iran," The Washignton Quarterly,​ vol. 38, no. 1 (Spring 2015), pp. 73-91.

Vipin Narnag, "Strategies of Nuclear Proliferation," International Security​ (forthcoming)

Vipin Narang, ​​Strategies of Nuclear Proliferation​ (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, Under Contract).