South Africa as a Classic Nuclear Armament and Disarmament Exemplar

  • Liang Tuang Nah
Part of the New Security Challenges book series (NSECH)


This chapter will examine the strongest case for endogenous nuclear disarmament, South Africa, by establishing the historical background of the South African nuclear weapons programme, analysing the strategic impetus and decisional frameworks promoting nuclear weapons development and explaining the security-based realist, economic liberalist and social constructivist reasons for President de Klerk to decommission the clandestine nuclear arms programme in 1989. Hence, this chapter should provide a pre- and post-disarmament examination of the motivations driving South African nuclear arms policy along with relevant evidence buttressing the aforementioned tripartite theory framework.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Liang Tuang Nah
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  1. 1.S. Rajaratnam School of International StudiesNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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