The Escalatory Potential in Nuclear Crises (EPIC) Typology
I used several factors from nuclear coercion and deterrence literature to measure nuclear crises potential to escalate to a nuclear exchange. I used a method called qualitative comparative analysis to then compare every possible path to escalation for each crisis. I then separated crises by their potential for escalation and their path to that escalation. The result is a typology of nuclear crises separated by how dangerous they were. Nuclear scholars can use this information to help in their sample selection, and policy makers can use this information to help decide what kind of a situation they may find themselves, which can lead to a better selection of policy choices.