Jeffrey W. Taliaferro is Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University. His research and teaching focus on security studies, international relations theory, international history and politics, intelligence and US national security.

Project Summary

This book examines how the United States has bargained with strategically vulnerable and often obstreperous allies in three volatile regions of the globe—the Middle East, South Asia, and East Asia from the 1960s to the 1990s. It presents a historical and comparative analysis of the how successive US presidential administrations—Dwight D. Eisenhower through George H.W. Bush—employed both inducements and coercive diplomacy in dealings with Israel, Pakistan, the Republic of Korea, and Taiwan over nuclear weapons proliferation. Policymakers’ assessments of regional threats to US interests, as moderated by the ease or difficulty of mobilizing congressional support, determined whether the United States pursued accommodative or coercive nonproliferation strategies toward each country. Drawing upon recently declassified documents, the book reexamines these historic nonproliferation disputes between Washington and four allies. It draws implications for current US alliance management and nonproliferation strategies.

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