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As a concept, deterrence has launched a thousand books and articles. It has dominated Western strategic thinking for more than four decades. In this important and groundbreaking new book, Lawrence Freedman develops a distinctive approach to the evaluation of deterrence as both a state of mind and a strategic option. This approach is applied to post-cold war crisis management, and the utility and relevance of the concept is addressed in relation to US strategic practice post-9/11, particularly in the light of the apparent preference of the Bush Administration for the alternative concept of pre-emption.
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  • Hardback | 154 pages
  • 134 x 218 x 18mm | 181.44g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0745631126
  • 9780745631127
  • 2,311,999

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As a concept, deterrence has launched a thousand books andarticles. It has dominated Western strategic thinking for more thanfour decades. In this important and groundbreaking new book, Lawrence Freedman develops a distinctive approach to the evaluationof deterrence as both a state of mind and a strategic option. Thisapproach is applied to post-cold war crisis management, and theutility and relevance of the concept is addressed in relation to USstrategic practice post-9/11, particularly in the light of theapparent preference of the Bush Administration for the alternativeconcept of pre-emption.


The study of deterrence has been hampered by the weight of theintellectual baggage accumulated since the end of the Second WorldWar. Exaggerated notions of what deterrence might achieve weredeveloped, only to be to knocked down by academic critique. In thisbook, Freedman charts the evolution of the contemporary concept ofdeterrence, and discusses whether - and how - it stillhas relevance in today's world. He considers constructivistas well as realist approaches and draws on criminological as wellas strategic studies literature to develop a concept of anorms-based, as opposed to an interest-based, deterrence. This bookwill be essential reading for students of politics andinternational relations as well as all those interested incontemporary strategic thought.
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About Lawrence Freedman

Lawrence Freedman is Professor of War Studies and Vice--Principal (Research) of Kinga s College London
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