Hedging Our Bets: Why Does Nuclear Latency Matter?

April 16, 2019

by Rachel Elizabeth Whitlark and Rupal N. Mehta


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Although only 10 states have acquired nuclear weapons, 32 have a nuclear latency capacity, or the technological capability to build those weapons even if they have not done so. Yet, very little is actually known about the potential impact of nuclear latency on consequences such as war or arms racing, but they may be no less significant than nuclear weapons proliferation itself.