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Working from different theoretical perspectives, the contributors offer a set of provocative assessments of nuclear deterrence and the risks of nuclear proliferation and disarmament. Some argue that assured destruction capabilities remain important, while others argue that nuclear deterrence will be increasingly irrelevant. Arms control, crisis stability, and continuity and change in nuclear doctrine as well as new issues such as virtual nuclear states and information warfare, are some of the issues addressed by the contributors to The Absolute Weapon Revisited. The contributors are Zachary Davis, Colin S. Gray, Richard J. Harknett, Ashok Kapur, Robert Manning, William C. Martel, Eric Mlyn, John Mueller, J. V. Paul, George Quester, and James J. Wirtz.
This book will be of interest to scholars, policymakers and students interested in issues of nuclear strategy and deterrence, arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament, international security and peace studies.
T. V. Paul is Associate Professor of Political Science, McGill University, and the author of AsymmetricConflicts: War Initiation by Weaker Powers. James J. Wirtz is Associate Professor of Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School, and the author of The Tet Offensive: Intelligence Failure at War. Richard Harknett is Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Cincinnati, and the author of numerous articles on security affairs.
|Introduction: Understanding Nuclear Weapons in a Transforming World||1|
|Pt. 1||The Revolutionary Weapon: A Debate|
|Power, Influence, and Nuclear Weapons: A Reassessment||19|
|State Preferences, Systemic Constraints, and the Absolute Weapon||47|
|The Escalating Irrelevance of Nuclear Weapons||73|
|Nuclear Weapons and the Revolution in Military Affairs||99|
|Pt. 2||Deterrence: Fifty Years Later|
|Beyond Bipolarity: Prospects for Nuclear Stability after the Cold War||137|
|The Continuing Debate on Minimal Deterrence||167|
|U.S. Nuclear Policy and the End of the Cold War||189|
|Deterrence and Alternative Images of Nuclear Possession||213|
|Pt. 3||Controlling the Absolute Weapon|
|New Nuclear States and the International Nuclear Order||237|
|Nonproliferation and Denuclearization||263|