Thinking About Nuclear Weapons: Principles, Problems, Prospects

Thinking About Nuclear Weapons: Principles, Problems, Prospects

Michael Quinlan


The publication displays the author's event throughout greater than 40 years in assessing and forming coverage approximately nuclear guns, in general 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 job within the Pentagon and the kingdom division. half I of the e-book seeks to distill, from this extraordinary historical past of useful adventure, easy conceptual methods of knowing the revolution caused by way of nuclear guns. It additionally surveys NATO's revolutionary improvement of brooding about nuclear deterrence, after which discusses the deep ethical dilemmas posed - for all attainable standpoints - by way of the lifestyles of such guns. half II considers the dangers and prices of nuclear-weapon ownership, together with proliferation hazards, and appears at either profitable and unsuccessful rules approximately the way to deal with them. half III illustrates particular matters by way of reviewing the heritage and present guidelines of 1 normal possessor, the uk, and more moderen ones, India and Pakistan. half IV turns to the longer term, examines the target of ultimately abolishing all nuclear armouries, after which discusses the sensible time table, in need of this sort of aim, which governments can usefully take on in decreasing the dangers of proliferation and different hazards whereas no longer surrendering in advance the war-prevention advantages which nuclear guns have introduced considering 1945.

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

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