The controversial Bush doctrine of preemptive war is often described as revolutionary. In fact, as this comparative study of rivalries involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD) shows, notions of preventive and preemptive war have long been closely tied to such weapons. In this study, a wealth of historical data is analyzed to address the fundamental question that WMD proliferation raises for U.S. defense policy: will the projection of U.S. power be deterred by nascent WMD arsenals in the hands of rogue states?
This wide-ranging comparison yields the conclusion that small WMD arsenals do not have the deterrent effects often attributed to them by scholars and analysts. These theorists ignore history's close calls, an oversight we share at our peril.
"Through his keen comparison of numerous cases and his empirical valdation of previously unproven hypotheses, Goldstein has made a valuable addition to the literature on weapons of mass destruction, national security, and international conflict."--"Books & Culture"
|Theories of Proliferation||p. 13|
|Case 1: The Early Cold War||p. 27|
|Case 2: The United States and China||p. 56|
|Case 3: The Soviet Union and China||p. 76|
|Case 4: China and India||p. 96|
|Case 5: Israel and Iraq||p. 112|
|Contemporary Cases: The 1990s||p. 128|
|Epilogue: The Bush Doctrine||p. 164|
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Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 20th December 2005
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 15.9 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.494