Das, Debak: Travel Grant - 2016-2017

Graduate School
Project Title: 
Settling Nuclear Crises: Why Nuclear Superiority does not matter for Regional Powers
Project Abstract: 
Does nuclear superiority matter in crises between nuclear states? Recent scholarship suggests that states possessing nuclear superiority are more likely to prevail in nuclear crises. This study will examine this claim and argue that nuclear superiority does not attribute any coercive advantages to the nuclear superior state. The Kargil War which has been inaccurately attributed as a case providing evidence to this effect will be examined. If it was not nuclear superiority that led to the resolution of this nuclear crisis, what did? How are these alternative mechanisms of crisis bargaining and resolution more convincing than arguments in favor of nuclear superiority? How these questions inform deterrence theory will be examined too.