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Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy

  • Cato Institute 1000 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)

The Cato Institute is hosting a book discussion on Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy, by Todd S. Sechser and Matthew Fuhrmann. They argue that the empirical record undermines the case that nuclear weapons are a useful coercive tool. They show that states with nuclear weapons don’t have more leverage in settling territorial disputes, they don’t initiate military challenges more often, they are not more likely to escalate ongoing disputes, they are not more likely to blackmail rivals, and they are just as likely as nonnuclear states to make concessions in high-stakes confrontations.

Event Details

  • Date: March 7, 2017

  • When: 12:00-1:00 PM

  • Where: Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute