Rethinking the Optimists’ Views: the Undesirability of the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Pak. Journal of Int’L Affairs, Vol 2, Issue 2(2019)

19 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2020

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Wazeer Murtala

University of Antwerp, Department of Political Science

Date Written: December 27, 2019

Abstract

This essay is a moderate attempt to understand some of the conflicting and complementary positions on nuclear weapons. It argues that the attempt to eliminate nuclear weapons deserves a rethink in the light of the relative decline of the (neo)-realist discourse and the weight of the humanitarian anti-nuclear debate. It suggests that elimination may be counter-productive due to the nature of international politics. It posits that to maintain the delicate stability or avoid global wars where capitals of super and great power states will be besieged, nuclear deterrence might be the only option we still have. It goes further to stress that apart from the strategic usefulness of nuclear weapons, its dual usefulness is also noteworthy-a function that is largely dismissed by pessimists of nuclear Weapons even if it is seen to be of less importance than the former.

Keywords: Nuclear Weapons, Neo-realism, Deterrence, Strategy and International Security

JEL Classification: F19, N90

Suggested Citation

Murtala, Wazeer, Rethinking the Optimists’ Views: the Undesirability of the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (December 27, 2019). Pak. Journal of Int’L Affairs, Vol 2, Issue 2(2019), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3512841

Wazeer Murtala (Contact Author)

University of Antwerp, Department of Political Science ( email )

Antwerp
Belgium

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