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Looking at how nuclear deterrence has actually worked rather than how it should theoretically work, Coleman and Siracusa put the problems of nuclear deterrence over the past sixty years into global context and apply historical lessons to the current state of world affairs.
Looks at how nuclear weapons have affected the meaning of war, the psychology of statesmanship, and the formulation of military policy
An examination and assessment of arguments for two central tendencies in current nuclear strategy--mutual assured destruction and nuclear utilization target selections-- includes implications for strategic policy.
In December 2003 the British government announced that within a few years it would need to take decisions about the future of Britain's strategic nuclear deterrent. Exactly three years later, its plans were revealed in a White Paper. The existing Trident system is to be given a life-extension, which includes building new submarines to carry the missiles, costing £15–20 billion. Britain has a substantial nuclear legacy, having owned nuclear weapons for over half a century. The strategic context for the deterrent has changed completely with the end of the Cold War, but nuclear weapons retain much of their salience. This Adelphi Paper argues that it makes sense to remain a nuclear power in an uncertain and nuclear-armed world. Given that deterrence needs are now less acute, but more complex than in the past, the paper asserts that deterrence also needs to be aligned with non-proliferation policies, which seek to reduce the scale of threats that need to be deterred. Somewhat overlooked in current policy are appropriate measures of defence, which can raise the nuclear threshold and, if required, mitigate the effects of deterrence failure. It concludes that the government's decisions about the future form of the deterrent are very sensible, but cautions that they still need to be integrated into a broader policy that embraces diplomacy, deterrence and defence to counter the risks posed by nuclear proliferation.
This timely book, published in the lead up to the 2012-14 decision on Trident renewal, makes available the late Sir Michael Quinlan's private correspondence on nuclear deterrence. It shows why Sir Michael, as Policy Director and then Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defense during last years of the Cold War, became known as the "high priest of deterrence": his unparalleled grasp of nuclear strategy, contribution to nuclear doctrine in the UK and NATO, and deep and genuine concern with defense ethics earned him respect and admiration around the world. Even those who challenged him on fundamental questions of strategy and morality recognized his devotion to his cause: the creation of a stable system of east-west nuclear deterrence for prevention of major war. Before he died in 2009, Sir Michael made it known that he wished for his private correspondence to be published. This book presents a selection of the most compelling letters among many thousands in the Quinlan files. It is intended as a memorial to a brilliant man, an important historical record of British nuclear thinking during the Cold War, and a contribution to contemporary debates over the future of nuclear deterrence.
Applying advances in game theory to the study of nuclear deterrence, Robert Powell examines the foundations of deterrence theory. Game-theoretic analysis allows the author to explore some of the most complex and problematic issues in deterrence theory, including the effects of first-strike advantages, limited retaliation, and the number of nuclear powers in the international system on the dynamics of escalation.
"The chapters in the book have been discussed in two workshops devoted to a reexamination of Western security problems : the first was held in Ebenhausen near Munich in March, 1975, and organized by the Foundation for Science and Politics. The second took place in Copenhagen in September, 1975 and was organized by the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs."--Editors' Preface.
"Arbatov and Dvorkin assess the history of deterrence between the Soviet Union and the U.S. and its evolution through the Cold War. The two countries need to take steps to remove mutual nuclear deterrence as the foundation of their strategic relationshipand implement changes that can be exported internationally"--Provided by publisher.
Proceedings of a seminar held on Jan. 04, 2000.
This book discusses the nuclear dilemma from various countries' points of view: from Japan, Korea, the Middle East, and others. The final chapter proposes a new solution for the nonproliferation treaty review.

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