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The Behavior of Nuclear Armed States: The U.N. Voting Behavior before and after Nuclear Possession

  • The Journal of Northeast Asia Research
  • Abbr : NEA
  • 2022, 37(2), pp.189-219
  • DOI : 10.18013/jnar.2022.37.2.006
  • Publisher : The Institute for Northeast Asia Research
  • Research Area : Social Science > Political Science > International Politics > International Relations / Cooperation
  • Received : November 4, 2022
  • Accepted : December 11, 2022
  • Published : December 31, 2022

Sohn, Hanbyeol 1

1국방대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this paper is to examine how possessing nuclear weapons affects national diplomatic behavior. The voting behavior at the UN is examined to verify the hypothesis that having strong military power would lead to more aggressive behavior in the diplomatic field, regardless of the motive for nuclear development. Although it has limitations in that it analyzes only their votes on specific resolutions, by analyzing the results of long-term votes, the change in dendrogram and relative distance based on specific countries can be analyzed according to the similarity of positions by country. The changes in the U.N. voting behavior were confirmed as follows. Most notably, as they join the “nuclear club” they act in a compromise with existing nuclear armed states, showing clear differences in positions depending on whether and when they have nuclear weapons. In relative relations, aggressive actions to existing adversaries or independent positions from existing guardians were not revealed significantly. This study is meaningful in that it analyzed changes in behavior of nuclear powers using the UN General Assembly vote in various ways, but it will be possible to analyze more carefully when supplemented by qualitative interpretations of reports, records, announcements, and discussions.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.