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Thinking About Nuclear Weapons: Principles, Problems, by Michael Quinlan

By Michael Quinlan

The ebook displays the author's event throughout greater than 40 years in assessing and forming coverage approximately nuclear guns, generally at senior degrees with regards to the centre either one of British governmental decision-making and of NATO's improvement of plans and deployments, with a lot interplay additionally with similar degrees of usa task within the Pentagon and the kingdom division.

Part I of the e-book seeks to distill, from this unprecedented history of functional event, easy conceptual methods of realizing the revolution led to by means of nuclear guns. It additionally surveys NATO's revolutionary improvement of puzzling over nuclear deterrence, after which discusses the deep ethical dilemmas posed - for all attainable standpoints - through the life of such guns.

Part II considers the dangers and prices of nuclear-weapon ownership, together with proliferation risks, and appears at either winning and unsuccessful principles approximately the way to deal with them.

Part III illustrates particular concerns by way of reviewing the heritage and present rules of 1 fashioned possessor, the uk, and newer ones, India and Pakistan.

Part IV turns to the long run, examines the target of finally abolishing all nuclear armouries, after which discusses the sensible schedule, wanting any such aim, which governments can usefully take on in decreasing the dangers of proliferation and different risks whereas now not surrendering in advance the war-prevention merits which nuclear guns have introduced seeing that 1945.

This ebook is a venture of the Oxford Leverhulme Programme at the altering personality of struggle.

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One may narrow the point down further. It is hard to think of any instance in history of a state or similar power grouping that had no assets which it wished to retain, no collective concern for the lives of its members, and (in particular) no interest in the survival of its ruling regime. Where potential leverages of this kind exist—that is, everywhere—it must in principle be possible to construct penalty systems influencing the behaviour of states. 5 Sir Hermann Bondi, KCB FRS, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Ministry of Defence, 1971–7, Master of Churchill College, Cambridge, 1983–90.

That was one of the key reasons why the East/West deterrent stand-off in Europe proved so secure, at least once the Berlin issue had been stabilized early in the 1960s. The Iron Curtain was deeply unpleasant, but its line and its importance were unmistakable—a harsh illustration of the axiom that good fences make good neighbours, or at worst non-warring ones. The breakdowns of deterrence most evident to Western countries since World War II include the crises over Korea in 1950, Cuba in 1962, the Falkland Islands in 1982, and Kuwait in 1990.

From the late 1960s onwards the development of NATO doctrine on nuclear weapons, including procedures for consultation and decision-taking about them, was taken forward by systematic and active NPG work. Its success owed a good deal to the fact that though the United States was inevitably always the pivotal participant, its representatives habitually and wisely sought to avoid an over-assertive role. The NPG’s first major endeavour, the framing of political concepts to guide any initial use of nuclear weapons, was led jointly by the FRG and the United Kingdom; and a decade later the high-profile plans for the modernization of Europebased intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF) were far from being a US imposition upon passive or reluctant allies.

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