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This chapter introduces the study and provides the overall background and identifies the problems of nuclear proliferation with follow-up questions as well as the significance of the research, provides conceptual clarifications, and outlines the theoretical framework and the significance of the study. This chapter provides the background and context for understanding of South Africa’s strategic position in an international system driven by strategic interests leading to the need for strategic weapons of mass destruction. It introduces a conceptualization of armament drive in South Africa in the era of apartheid and the inextricable links of the British government at the time to provide assistance to South Africa due largely to its historical connections, Commonwealth factor, economic arrangements, and the latter’s interest in South Africa’s uranium deposits, a vital resource which Britain could use as bargaining chip to ensure sustainability in a nuclear driven international system. While the British government was keen to improve economic ties with South Africa, diplomatically, it needed to keep the country at arm’s length in order to signal disdain for apartheid and to avoid “guilt by association.” The objective of this chapter is to problematize the South African uranium drives and nuclear proliferation from a global perspective along with other variables.
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- A Conceptual Frame of Nuclear Proliferation in South Africa and the British Nexus
Lucky E. Asuelime
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