Deterrence / Edition 1

Deterrence / Edition 1

by Lawrence Freedman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0745631126

ISBN-13: 9780745631127

Pub. Date: 05/28/2004

Publisher: Wiley

As a concept, deterrence has launched a thousand books and articles. It has dominated Western strategic thinking for more than four decades. In this important and groundbreaking new book, Lawrence Freedman develops a distinctive approach to the evaluation of deterrence as both a state of mind and a strategic option. This approach is applied to post-cold war crisis

Overview

As a concept, deterrence has launched a thousand books and articles. It has dominated Western strategic thinking for more than four decades. In this important and groundbreaking new book, Lawrence Freedman develops a distinctive approach to the evaluation of deterrence as both a state of mind and a strategic option. This approach is applied to post-cold war crisis management, and the utility and relevance of the concept is addressed in relation to US strategic practice post-9/11, particularly in the light of the apparent preference of the Bush Administration for the alternative concept of pre-emption.

The study of deterrence has been hampered by the weight of the intellectual baggage accumulated since the end of the Second World War. Exaggerated notions of what deterrence might achieve were developed, only to be knocked down by academic critique. Freedman charts the evolution of the contemporary concept of deterrence, and discusses whether -- and how -- it still has relevance in today's world. He considers constructivist as well as realist approaches and draws on criminological as well as strategic studies literature to develop a concept of a norms-based, as distinct from an interest-based, deterrence. Deterrence will be essential reading for students of politics and international relations as well as all those interested in contemporary strategic thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745631127
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
Themes for the 21st Century Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsvii
Introduction1
1The Rise and Fall of Deterrence6
Origins6
Celebration9
Overstretch14
Decline17
Three Waves21
2The Meaning of Deterrence26
Strategic Deterrence27
Internalized Deterrence29
Constructing Threats32
3Deterrence in Practice43
Multiple Audiences47
Reputations52
Challenger and Defender56
4Norms and Criminality60
The Criminological Contribution60
Norms in International Relations68
5After the Cold War75
Beyond Bipolarity76
Interests, Vital and Otherwise80
6From Deterrence to Pre-emption84
Prevention and Pre-emption85
Norms, Pre-emption and International Law89
Pre-emption in Practice96
7Strategic Coercion109
Compellence109
Strategic Coercion112
8The Future of Deterrence116
Notes131
Index142

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