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The Long View: How Argentina and Brazil Stepped Back from a Nuclear Race

October 28, 2015

This article is adapted from the Fall 2015 print edition of Americas Quarterly. To subscribe, please click here

The severe tone of the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate of September 8, 1982, was worthy of the darkest moments of the Cold War. It warned that if Country A built a nuclear device, “security relationships” in the entire region “would be upset.” Furthermore, it warned Country B “could be prompted to move as quickly as possible to attain a nuclear weapons...

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