Rethinking extended nuclear deterrence in the defence of Australia

Tanter, R 2009, 'Rethinking extended nuclear deterrence in the defence of Australia', The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, vol. 50, pp. 1-18.

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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Rethinking extended nuclear deterrence in the defence of Australia
Author(s) Tanter, R
Year 2009
Journal name The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
Volume number 50
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Publisher Japan Focus
Abstract This article examines the foundations and rationale for Australian reliance on US assurances of extended nuclear deterrence (END). The Australian model of END is marked by its lack of public presence, a lack of certainty about its standing and character in American eyes, its lack of a direct nuclear threat, and its resurgence at a time when nuclear abolition possibilities are being embraced by the leader of the deterrence provider. Australian policy amounts to a claim that the nuclear guarantee is necessary 'just in case' - though without any plausible specifics. The fundamental questions remain: what threats, what probabilities, what alternatives? These have never been seriously discussed in public in Australia.
Subject Defence Studies
Keyword(s) extended nuclear deterrence
United States of America
defence policy
nuclear weapons
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