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Nuclear Blackmail and Nuclear Balance / Edition 1
     

Nuclear Blackmail and Nuclear Balance / Edition 1

by Richard K. Betts
 

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ISBN-10: 0815709358

ISBN-13: 9780815709350

Pub. Date: 12/01/1987

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

In numerous crises after World War II—Berlin, Korea, the Taiwan Straits, and the Middle East—the United States resorted to vague threats to use nuclear weapons in order to deter Soviet or Chinese military action. On a few occasions the Soviet Union also engaged in nuclear saber-ratling. Using declassified documents and other sources, this volume examines

Overview

In numerous crises after World War II—Berlin, Korea, the Taiwan Straits, and the Middle East—the United States resorted to vague threats to use nuclear weapons in order to deter Soviet or Chinese military action. On a few occasions the Soviet Union also engaged in nuclear saber-ratling. Using declassified documents and other sources, this volume examines those crises and compares the decisionmaking processes of leaders who considered nuclear threats with the commonly accepted logic of nuclear deterrence and coercion.

Rejecting standard explanations of our leader's logic in these cases, Betts suggests that U.S. presidents were neither consciously blufffing when they made nuclear threats, nor prepared to face the consequences if their threats failed. The author also challenges the myth that the 1950s was a golden age of low vulberability for the United Stateas and details how nuclear parity has, and has not, altered conditions that gave rise to nuclear blackmail in the past.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815709350
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
12/01/1987
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1.Risks, Threats, and Rationales1
Theory and Practice3
Analytical Issues16
2.Lower-Risk Cases22
The Berlin Blockade, 194823
The Korean War, 1950-5331
Asian Crises, 1954-5548
Suez, 195662
Lebanon and the Taiwan Straits, 195866
Soviet-Chinese Border Clashes, 196979
3.Higher-Risk Cases82
The Berlin Deadline Crisis, 1958-5983
The Berlin Aide-Memoire Crisis, 196192
The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962109
The Middle East War, 1973123
The Carter Doctrine, 1980129
4.Brinks and Balances: Interests, Vulnerability, Resolve132
Right Makes Might? The Balance of Interests and Resolve133
The Nuclear Balance before Parity: Myth of a Golden Age144
Did the Bomb Work "Both Ways"?172
5.Parity: Change, Continuity, Confusion180
Equivocal Views of Equivalence182
Parity and Nuclear First Use195
6.Is There a Future for Nuclear Coercion?212
The Past213
Future Cases?220
Index235

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