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Nuclear Logics:
Contrasting Paths in East Asia and the Middle East
Etel Solingen

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"Nuclear Logics is a timely study with important theoretical and practical implications. At the theoretical level, it encourages us to set aside monocausal explanations in favour of a more sophisticated but still transportable approach. At the practical level, the message that endogenous forces are vital to explaining the origins of nuclear behaviour can be incredibly valuable to policymakers who too often see proliferation as a simple action-reaction phenomenon driven by monolithic political forces. It deserves a wide readership."--Michael Vance, International Affairs

"[A]mbitious, insightful, and informative. . . . The book is most impressive . . . in its deliberate and judicious assessment of explanations drawn from relevant realist, neoliberal, constructivist, and democracy literatures. Indeed, the reasoned assault on realist arguments gives this book considerable punch."--James H. Lebovic, Political Science Quarterly

"Debates about the relevance of systematic political science theory for the maker of concrete policy decisions will perhaps never end. Solingen is to be congratulated for creating an interesting vehicle for such debate."--George H. Quester, International History Review

"In addition to her innovative argument, Solingen's research design and the way she carries it out are impressive. Solingen does a carefully focused comparison of nine states in East Asia and the Middle East and, in doing so, provides an excellent example of rigorous qualitative research that should appear on graduate method course syllabi."--Victor Asal,Journal of Peace Research

"As a work about International Relations theories of nuclear decisions, there should be little, if any, to be added to this remarkable achievement by Solingen."--Matake Kamiya, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific


"In order to curb nuclear-weapons proliferation, it is of fundamental importance to identify the underlying rationale for certain states to seek a nuclear-weapons option, as well as to understand why the vast majority of states, possessing the necessary technology, do not develop nuclear weapons. The international community still has much to learn in this regard and Nuclear Logics is a valuable and timely contribution to this discussion."--Dr. Hans Blix, chairman of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission

"Professor Solingen has illuminated an important and often neglected aspect of nuclear motivations, namely the domestic conditions that underlie a country's decision to acquire nuclear weapons. Her well-researched and powerful argument asserts that nuclear-weapons programs are more likely to emerge from states that are hostile to economic openness and, conversely, that they are less likely where states are more willing to integrate with the global political economy."--Mitchell B. Reiss, College of William and Mary

"Solingen not only provides a cogent account of the divergent nuclear trajectories of East Asia and the Middle East, but develops a powerful general explanation resting on whether the state's ruling coalition is inward looking or is geared to integrating with the rest of the world. Both in its challenge to standard views and in its strong positive arguments, this is a study of great value."--Robert Jervis, Columbia University

"Etel Solingen's Nuclear Logics provides the depth and insight needed to understand today's urgent dilemmas of nuclear proliferation. She convincingly shows that opening up shuttered states to expanded international economic ties can undermine the political constituencies that favor nuclear weapons programs."--Jack Snyder, Columbia University

"Nuclear Logics is a first-class piece of work. It deals with a prominent issue, and its central approach--doing a focused, detailed comparison of two regions that started out much the same but have differed in their subsequent histories on proliferation--generates a wealth of interesting and instructive insights."--John Mueller, Ohio State University

"What is most impressive and significant about Solingen's scholarship is its breadth. Her prose is clear and often elegant. I believe her book, which truly is pioneering in both the international-relations and nonproliferation fields, is accessible to both scholars and university students. I am sure it will become required reading in many graduate courses."--William C. Potter, Monterey Institute of International Studies

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