US Nuclear Weapons Policy After the Cold War: Russians, 'Rogues' and Domestic Division

US Nuclear Weapons Policy After the Cold War: Russians, 'Rogues' and Domestic Division

by Nick Ritchie
     
 

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This book offers an in-depth examination of America’s nuclear weapons policy since the end of the Cold War.

Exploring nuclear forces structure, arms control, regional planning and the weapons production complex, the volume identifies competing sets of ideas about nuclear weapons and domestic political constraints on major shifts in policy. It

Overview

This book offers an in-depth examination of America’s nuclear weapons policy since the end of the Cold War.

Exploring nuclear forces structure, arms control, regional planning and the weapons production complex, the volume identifies competing sets of ideas about nuclear weapons and domestic political constraints on major shifts in policy. It provides a detailed analysis of the complex evolution of policy, the factors affecting policy formulation, competing understandings of the role of nuclear weapons in US national security discourse, and the likely future direction of policy. The book argues that US policy has not proceeded in a linear, rational and internally consistent direction, and that it entered a second post-Cold War phase under President George W. Bush. However, domestic political processes and lack of political and military interest in America’s nuclear forces have constrained major shifts in nuclear weapons policy.

This book will be of much interest to students of US foreign policy, nuclear proliferation, strategic studies and IR in general.


 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781134036431
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/08/2008
Series:
Routledge Global Security Studies
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
342 KB

Meet the Author

Nick Ritchie is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford. He is co-author of The Political Road to War in Iraq (Routledge 2006).

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