DS09 - Liberté et sécurité de l’Europe, de ses citoyens et de ses résidents

On political vulnerability in the nuclear age – VULPAN

Submission summary

Nuclear weapons choices commit populations and societies for decades, can wipe them out in matters of minutes, but are subject to little democratic discussion. Similarly, concerns are raised about the complacency of the post-Cold War generation regarding the nuclear danger but those attitudes are unknown. Therefore, this project unearths primary sources regarding the eight most advanced early nuclear weapon programs and proposes the first in depth comparative investigation of the effects of nuclear weapons programs on the level of accountability of a regime and its way of predicting other states’ nuclear behaviour. By a large scale polling across all EU countries, it also documents the attitudes of the post-Cold War generation of EU citizens vis-a-vis nuclear weapons. By reconnecting the scholarship on democracy in political science to that on nuclear weapons in IR, and grounding it in primary sources, VULPAN contributes to the history, theory and policy of non-proliferation.

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Beginning and duration of the scientific project: - 48 Months

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