The Tradition of Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons

The Tradition of Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons

by T.V. Paul
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0804761329

ISBN-13: 9780804761321

Pub. Date: 01/23/2009

Publisher: Stanford University Press


Since the Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks, no state has unleashed nuclear weapons. What explains this? According to the author, the answer lies in a prohibition inherent in the tradition of non-use, a time-honored obligation that has been adhered to by all nuclear states—thanks to a consensus view that use would have a catastrophic impact on humankind,

Overview


Since the Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks, no state has unleashed nuclear weapons. What explains this? According to the author, the answer lies in a prohibition inherent in the tradition of non-use, a time-honored obligation that has been adhered to by all nuclear states—thanks to a consensus view that use would have a catastrophic impact on humankind, the environment, and the reputation of the user.

The book offers an in-depth analysis of the nuclear policies of the U.S., Russia, China, the UK, France, India, Israel, and Pakistan and assesses the contributions of these states to the rise and persistence of the tradition of nuclear non-use. It examines the influence of the tradition on the behavior of nuclear and non-nuclear states in crises and wars, and explores the tradition's implications for nuclear non-proliferation regimes, deterrence theory, and policy. And it concludes by discussing the future of the tradition in the current global security environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804761321
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
01/23/2009
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
437,315
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 Introduction 1

2 Bases of the Tradition of Non-Use 15

3 The United States and the Tradition I: The Truman and Eisenhower Years (1945-1961) 38

4 The United States and the Tradition II: Kennedy to Clinton (1961-2001) 64

5 Russia, Britain, France, China, and the Tradition 92

6 The Second-Generation Nuclear States: Israel, India, Pakistan, and the Tradition 124

7 Nonnuclear States, the Tradition, and Limited Wars 143

8 The Tradition and the Nonproliferation Regime 158

9 Changing U.S. Policies and the Tradition 178

10 Conclusions 197

Notes 217

Select Bibliography 277

Index 305

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