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Beyond Nuclear Deterrence: Transforming the U.S.-Russian Equation

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For nearly fifty years, including the decade and a half since the end of the Cold War, deterrence has remained the central nuclear arms control policy between the United States, Russia, and other principal nuclear powers. The question today is: Has the concept of deterrence outlived its usefulness?

In Beyond Nuclear Deterrence, two of Russia's top nonproliferation and international security experts, Alexei Arbatov and Vladimir Dvorkin, critically assess the history of deterrence...

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Overview

For nearly fifty years, including the decade and a half since the end of the Cold War, deterrence has remained the central nuclear arms control policy between the United States, Russia, and other principal nuclear powers. The question today is: Has the concept of deterrence outlived its usefulness?

In Beyond Nuclear Deterrence, two of Russia's top nonproliferation and international security experts, Alexei Arbatov and Vladimir Dvorkin, critically assess the history of deterrence as it emerged between the Soviet Union and the U.S. and evolved through the Cold War to include an expanding nuclear club. The authors argue that while deterrence as a concept has always been paradoxical, it is poorly equipped to handle today's most significant nuclear challenges: proliferation and terrorism. Nuclear arms control must move beyond the deadlock of deterrence. The U.S. and Russia need to take the first bilateral steps to remove mutual nuclear deterrence as the foundation of their strategic relationship and implement changes that can be exported internationally.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870032264
  • Publisher: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,129,935
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexei Arbatov is scholar-in-residence and co-chair of the Nuclear Nonproliferation program at the Carnegie Moscow Center. He is also and head of the Center for International Security at the Institute for International Economy and International Relationships of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Vladimir Dvorkin is principal researcher at the Center for International Security at the Institute for World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences and former director of the Fourth Central Research Institute in Moscow. John D. Steinbruner is director of the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by John D. Steinbruner
Acknowledgments
1. Introduction
2. The Inherent Contradictions of Nuclear Deterrence
3. Nuclear Programs of the Big Five
4. Nuclear Deterrence and Arms Control after the Cold War
5. Transforming the U.S.-Russian Deterrence Relationship
6. Doing away with Nuclear Deterrence
7. Conclusion
Appendix A: Assumptions in the Model Demonstrated by Figures 5.1, 5.1, and 5.3
Appendix B: A Proposed Sequence of Practical Bilateral and Multilateral
Steps toward Ending Nuclear Deterrence
Index
About the Authors
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace    
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