AUTHORGoldstein, Avery
TITLEDeterrence and Security in the 21st Century: China, Britain, France, and the Enduring Legacy of the Nuclear Revolution
PUBLISHERStanford University Press
CITYStanford, CA

This book is about the place of nuclear weapons and nuclear deterrents in the post-Cold War 21st century. The author analyzes the behavior of “second-power” states China, Great Britain, and France in relation to nuclear weapons and deterrence during the Cold War. Specifically, he provides insights into why those “second-power” states sought nuclear weapons despite alliances with nuclear superpowers. He then uses that history to address the possibility of non-nuclear states seeking nuclear deterrents in the post-Cold War political environment. The author concludes that most nations will feel an imperative need to acquire nuclear weapons, and that such acquisitions will increase international security. This is a minority opinion of those who write about non-proliferation; another scholar who shares that view is Kenneth Waltz.

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