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Nuclear Deterrence in a Multipolar World: The U.S., Russia and Security Challenges / Edition 1

Nuclear Deterrence in a Multipolar World: The U.S., Russia and Security Challenges / Edition 1

by Stephen J CimbalaStephen J Cimbala
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The view that America and Russia have burned their candles on security cooperation with respect to nuclear weapons is simply mistaken. This timely study identifies twelve themes or issue areas that must be addressed by the United States and Russia if they are to provide shared, successful leadership in the management of nuclear world order. This book stands apart from some of its predecessors in the following ways. First, it argues against prevailing pessimism that nuclear nonproliferation is necessarily headed for the dustbin of history. Second, it combines policy studies with quantitative analysis and modeling in order to nail down some important arguments about realistic options for nuclear arms reductions and for Limiting nuclear weapons spread. Third, it challenges current orthodoxy on the relationship between nuclear deterrence and cyberwar. Designed as supplementary reading in upper division and graduate courses in national security policy, defense, and nuclear arms control, it is also suitable for courses taught at military staff and command colleges and/or war colleges.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472480910
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/28/2016
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Stephen J. Cimbala is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Penn State Brandywine. Dr Cimbala is an award winning Penn State teacher and the author of numerous works in the fields of national security studies, nuclear arms control and other topics.

Table of Contents

List of Tables, Charts and Figure vii

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

Introduction 1

1 Cyber Deterrence and Nuclear Arms Control 7

2 Jumping the Gun: Prompt Attacks and Nuclear Weapons 21

3 Triads and Tribulations: Strategic Nuclear Arms Reductions after New START 33

4 Avoiding Digital Disaster: Managing Nuclear Crises in the Information Age 47

5 Controlling and Ending a Nuclear War 59

6 Minimum Deterrence: Interim Solution or Strategic Distraction? 79

7 Missile Defense and U.S.-Russian Nuclear Arms Control: Obstacles, Options and Opportunities 97

8 Nonproliferation and Nuclear Arms Control: Optimistic Prognosis or Pessimistic Premonition? 115

9 Nuclear Abolition: A Bridge Too Far? 133

10 Sub-Strategic Nuclear Weapons, First Use and Deterrence: A NATO-Russian Entanglement 155

11 Armed Persuasion and Vladimir Putin in Ukraine: A Nuclear Subtext? 175

Conclusion 199

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