Real-world nuclear deterrence: the making of international strategy

Goleman, D and Siracusa, J 2006, Real-world nuclear deterrence: the making of international strategy, Praeger Security International, Connecticut, USA.


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Title Real-world nuclear deterrence: the making of international strategy
Author(s) Goleman, D
Siracusa, J
Year 2006
Publisher Praeger Security International
Place of publication Connecticut, USA
Subjects International Relations
Summary The threat of nuclear weapons did not fade away with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Rather, the geo-political disorders of the post-Cold-War era and the rise of global terrorism have ensured that they remain conspicuously present on the world stage as a serious international concern. With the eight or nine nuclear powers maintaining about 27,000 nuclear weapons in their arsenals to this day, it is clear that they are here to stay for the foreseeable future. The primary mission of these nuclear forces has been and remains deterrence, the fear of reprisal. Using plain language rather than policy jargon, this historically-focused book shows how nuclear deterrence has worked rather than how it should. It then shows how the growing threat of nuclear proliferation threatens to create a far more complicated international situation largely because of the attendant proliferation of state nuclear deterrents. By drawing on a wide array of new sources from international archives and the latest in international scholarship, Coleman and Siracusa put some of the most important and enduring problems of nuclear deterrence over the past sixty years into global context. Nuclear deterrence in the real world often operates very differently from how it should according to the prevailing theories, and Coleman and Siracusa take a fresh look at how nuclear weapons policy has been made, finding that it often has had surprisingly little to do with what works and what does not.
Copyright notice © 2006 by David G. Coleman and Josphy M. Siracusa
Keyword(s) nuclear weapons
world politics
Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty
ISBN 0-275-98098-7
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