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Nuclear Weapons and Cooperative Security in the 21st Century : The New Disorder - Stephen J. Cimbala

Nuclear Weapons and Cooperative Security in the 21st Century

The New Disorder

Hardcover Published: 9th September 2009
ISBN: 9780415552288
Number Of Pages: 188

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This book looks at the prospects for international cooperation over nuclear weapons proliferation in the 21st century.

Nuclear weapons served as stabilizing forces during the Cold War, or the First Nuclear Age, on account of their capability for destruction, the fear that this created among politicians and publics, and the domination of the nuclear world order by two superpowers: the United States and the Soviet Union. The end of the Cold War, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the potential for nuclear weapons acquisition among revisionist states, or even non-state actors including terrorists, creates the possibility of a 'wolves eat dogs' phenomenon in the present century.

In the 21st century, three forces threaten to undo or weaken the long nuclear peace and fast-forward states into a new and more dangerous situation: the existence of large US and Russian nuclear weapons arsenals; the potential for new technologies, including missile defenses and long-range, precision conventional weapons, and a collapse or atrophy of the nuclear nonproliferation regime, and the opening of the door for nuclear weapons to spread among more than the currently acknowledged nuclear states.

This book explains how these three 'weakening' forces interact with one another and with US and Russian policy-making in order to create an environment of large possibilities for cooperative security - but also of considerable danger. Instead, the choices made by military planners and policy-makers will create an early twenty-first century story privileging nuclear stability or chaos. The US and Russia can, and should, make incremental progress in arms control and nonproliferation.

This book will be of much interest to students of nuclear proliferation and arms control, strategic studies, international security and IR in general.

Stephen J. Cimbala is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of numerous works in the fields of international security, defense studies, nuclear arms control and other topics. He has consulted for various US government agencies and defense contractors.

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'Nuclear Weapons and Cooperative Security in the 21st Century: The New Disorder is the work of an author who thinks very seriously about the connection between nuclear devices and strategic practice. This very thoughtful work should be of interest to all who are concerned about the future role of nuclear weapons in the international system.' - Comparative Strategy, Oct 2010, 29, p383 "Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections." - C. W. Sherrill, CHOICE (August 2010)

List of figuresp. viii
List of tablesp. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Alternative nuclear regimesp. 9
Technology innovation and deterrence in the futurep. 32
Nuclear abolition or limitation? Choices and risksp. 49
Nuclear first use: facing the inevitable, or playing with fire?p. 66
U.S.-Russian nuclear force reductions after Bush: prospects and implicationsp. 85
The far side: theoretical (and practical) nuclear worlds aheadp. 99
Nuclear proliferation in Asia: containment or chaos?p. 114
Russia's undersea nuclear deterrent: vanishing or modernizing?p. 129
Conclusionp. 145
Notesp. 155
Selected bibliographyp. 172
Indexp. 181
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ISBN: 9780415552288
ISBN-10: 0415552281
Series: Routledge Global Security Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 188
Published: 9th September 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 13.34  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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