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This chapter provides a historical examination of the special relationship between Britain and South Africa. It briefly defines the meaning of technology denial as an instrument for combating nuclear proliferation and describes diplomatic incidents and political environments that suggest that Britain adopted complacent approaches which ultimately negated the effectiveness of “technology denial” in the South African nuclear proliferation case. It traces the development of their unique, historically grounded significance and ties, in the context of interactions around nuclear weapons. If the general assumption is that technological capability is a prerequisite for a state to go nuclear, how is Britain implicated in the provision of such and how did this motivate South Africa to develop its indigenous nuclear weapons? Specifically, this chapter responds to the question: to what extent did British nuclear technology collaboration led to the development of South Africa’s technological capability?
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Lucky E. Asuelime
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