When Preventive War Threats Work for Nuclear Nonproliferation

September 24, 2018

by Matthew Fuhrmann

 

 

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The 1981 Osiraq strike against Iraq is the most well-known preventive attack for nuclear nonproliferation, but when are preventive wareats threats an effective nonproliferation tool? Military threats can work, particularly if three conditions are satisfied, but three other challenges may undermine their effectiveness.