AUTHORAlagappa, Muthiah, Ed.
TITLEThe Long Shadow: Nuclear Weapons and Security in 21st Century Asia
PUBLISHERStanford University Press
CITYStanford, CA
DATE PUBLISHED2008
ISBN978-0-8047-6086-7


This collection of essays concerns the roles and implications of nuclear weapons in Asia in the post-Cold War environment of the twenty-first century. After initial chapters describing the historical context, separate chapters address the nuclear weapons policies of nations with interest in the Asian security region: the six nuclear weapons states (United States, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, and Israel), three weapons-capable states (Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan), and two aspiring nations (North Korea, or DPRK, and Iran). Also considered are the activities of nonstate terrorist organizations and the allies of the nuclear weapons states. The final chapters conclude that nuclear weapons are important components of the strategic policies of the major players in Asia and that nuclear deterrence will continue to be a dominant policy in the region. Contributing authors are Asian studies scholars and policy experts from Korea, China, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.


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