Discussion 2 - In my opinion the case for limited nuclear proliferation seems to be the most realistic and advantageous case to pursue By limiting

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In my opinion, the case for limited nuclear proliferation seems to be the most realistic and advantageous case to pursue. By limiting nuclear proliferation, I believe nuclear wars can be prevented from occurring. John Mearsheimer provides an important point by explaining the possession of nuclear weapons as a deterrence of war. The United States and Soviet Union both had nuclear weapons and the devastating effects of using these weapons greatly outweighed the benefits. Therefore, neither nation would risk using nuclear weapons and promoting the potential destruction of their own nation. This prevents war in the same way the balance of power theory does. Nations will not commence war with more powerful nations because the chances of winning are unlikely. I partially agree with Mearsheimer’s opinion that nuclear weapons prevented war from occurring between the United States and Soviet Union. However, I believe several other factors contributed to the prevention of war. One of these factors may be that the
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This note was uploaded on 09/29/2011 for the course POL 130 taught by Professor Simonelli during the Spring '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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