AUTHORDelpech, Thérèse
TITLENuclear Deterrence in the 21st Century: Lessons from the Cold War for a New Era of Strategic Piracy
PUBLISHERRAND Corporation
CITYSanta Monica, CA
DATE PUBLISHED2012
ISBN978-0-8330-5930-7


This work stresses the importance of continuing nuclear deterrence in the twenty-first century environment of “strategic piracy," defined as one of lawlessness and deception. The author asserts that such an environment has made deterrence more difficult and requires leaders to rethink the policies of the twentieth century. She first examines concepts regarding nuclear weapons and their use that evolved during the Cold War and lessons to be drawn from various international crises related to nuclear weapons from 1946 to 1983. Then she presents the subsequent quest for power by smaller nations (North Korea, Iraq, Iran, and Syria) through acquisition of nuclear weapon systems. The future roles of the big powers (the United States, Russia, and China) are addressed in the next chapter. A final chapter focuses on the challenges associated with deterring attacks involving space and cyberspace.


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