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

By Polina Sinovets and Mariana Budjeryn

Nuclear deterrence thinking has become so entrenched in US academic and policy circles that it only seems natural that other states regard nuclear weapons in the same terms. Yet is it necessarily so? In this article, we examine the case of Ukraine to understand how its leaders interpreted the value of the nuclear weapons deployed on Ukrainian territory in 1990–1994.

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