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Interpreting the Bomb: Ownership and Deterrence in Ukraine’s Nuclear Discourse

Location: Cambridge, MA
Dates: November 29, 2017 - November 29, 2017

Nuclear deterrence thinking has become so entrenched in U.S. academic and policy circles that it only seems natural that other states regard nuclear weapons in the same terms. Yet it is necessarily so? The presentation examines the case of Ukraine to understand how its leaders interpreted the meaning of the nuclear weapons deployed on Ukrainian territory in early 1990s.