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Liam Anderson (Committee Member), Pramod Kantha (Advisor), Laura Luehrmann (Other), Vaughn Shannon (Committee Member)

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Master of Arts (MA)


The successful pursuit of nuclear weapons technology by Pakistani and North Korean leaders has fundamentally shifted the post war nuclear paradigm that established the monopoly of five nuclear powers over nuclear weapons and supplies of fissile materials under the Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT). How does one explain the daring nuclear pursuit of Pakistan and North Korea and their success in achieving this capability? Numerous theories have tried to explain both the rationale and the causal factor(s) for nuclear proliferation and specifically nuclear arms. While realism and neo-realism concentrate on the fear of the unknown; i.e., the international system and military power and rivalries, there has been scant, if any, efforts by scholars to researching the background psychological motivations of the state for those who make nuclear proliferation decisions, the political leaders. In this analysis, I have sought to understand nuclear proliferation through the prism of what I term "Little Brother Syndrome".

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Department of Political Science

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