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ISBN-10:
1850437653
ISBN-13:
9781850437659
Pub. Date:
09/23/2005
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
ISBN-10:
1850437653
ISBN-13:
9781850437659
Pub. Date:
09/23/2005
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Nuclear Inertia: US Nuclear Weapons Policy After the Cold War

Nuclear Inertia: US Nuclear Weapons Policy After the Cold War

by Tom Sauer Tom Sauer

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Overview

The first book to study post-Cold War U.S. nuclear weapons policy. It is based on extensive original research with dozens of the key players, and sheds important new light US foreign policy. "Nuclear Inertia" examines why, despite the Cold War having ended more than ten years ago, the US still maintains an arsenal of over 10 000 nuclear warheads. Most explanations for this are to be found not in the structure of the international system but in domestic politics. Tom Sauer ascribes the lack of change to bureaucratic resistance, dogmatic thinking and lack of political leadership. Clinton tried to change US policy by initiating the 1993-1994 Nuclear Posture Review but was blocked by bureaucratic opposition. Sauer suggests that this points to a lack of civilian control over the military during the Clinton administration.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781850437659
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 09/23/2005
Series: Library of International Relations
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Tom Sauer is an Assistant Professor at the University of Antwerp, a post-doctoral research fellow of the Flemish fund for Scientific Research and a Politics lecturer at the Catholic University of Leuven. He was previously a Research Fellow with the International Security Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard. He is the author of 'Nuclear Arms Control'.

Table of Contents

PART I. US Nuclear Weapons Policy after the Cold War
• Minimum and Maximum Deterrence
• Why expecting a US Minimum Deterrent after the Cold War?
• US Nuclear Force Structure Policy after the Cold War
• US Nuclear Declaratory Policy after the Cold War
• US Nuclear Operational Policy after the Cold War
• US Nuclear Testing, Ballistic Missile Defence, Nonproliferation, and Elimination Policy after the Cold War
• Conclusion
• Explaining Inertia in US Nuclear Weapons Policy in the Nineties
• Explaining Policy Inertia
• Explaining Nuclear Inertia: the Nuclear Establishment and the Conservatives versus the Arms Control Community
• The Nuclear Posture Review in 1993-1994
• Lack of Political Leadership
• Nuclear Politics beyond the 1993-1994 Nuclear Posture Review
• Appendix:
• Positions
• Interviewees
• Bibliography
• Books
• Articles in Magazines
• Notes

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