Deterrence Now

Deterrence Now

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Patrick Morgan's authoritative study revisits the place of deterrence after the Cold War. By assessing and questioning the state of modern deterrence theory, particularly under conditions of nuclear proliferation, Morgan argues that there are basic flaws in the design of the theory that ultimately limits its utility. Given the probable patterns of future international politics, he suggests that greater attention be paid to 'general' deterrence as opposed to 'immediate' deterrence and to examining the deterrent capabilities of collective actors such as NATO and the UN Security Council. Finally he contends that the revolution in military affairs can promote less reliance on deterrence by retaliatory threats, support better collective management of peace and security and permit us to outgrow nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction. This new major work builds upon Patrick Morgan's landmark book, Deterrence (1983).
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Product details

  • Paperback | 358 pages
  • 152 x 231 x 22mm | 530g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 0521529697
  • 9780521529693
  • 1,698,918

Table of contents

1. History: deterrence in the Cold War; 2. Deterrence and rationality; 3. General deterrence; 4. Testing, testing, one ... two ... three; 5. Collective actor deterrence; 6. The revolution in military affairs and deterrence; 7. Deterrence in the post-Cold War world; 8. Some conclusions.
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'By helping us to think about deterrence in new ways, Morgan guides us to a better understanding of this crucial part of international relations.' The Journal of European Affairs " ambitious work and a significant contribution to the literature...This is an important book and should be read by those interested in the state of deterrence theory. Morgan provides a number of significant challenges and correctives to an urgent field of study." Virginia Quarterly Review " ... written by one of the leading scholars in the subject of deterrence, [this book] is both an ambitious work and a significant contribution to the literature on coercive dilomacy." The Virginia Quarterly Review "Highly recommended." Choice
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