This collection of papers rigorously examines the current place of deterrence in international security relations, delivering the best of contemporary thinking. This is a special issue of the leading journal Contemporary Security Policy.
It shows how and why nuclear deterrence was the central organizing mechanism for international security relations in the second half of the twentieth century. It has been replaced by a new global security environment in which the central role of deterrence, both nuclear and otherwise, appears to have diminished. The Cold War has been succeeded by a new state of play.
This book will be of interest to students of military and naval history and security studies.
Foreword Introduction 1. Deterrence and Deterrability 2. The Emergence of Stability: Deterrence in Motion and Deterrence Reconstructed 3. Deterrence Asymmetry and other Challenges to Small Nuclear Forces 4. Deterrence and Asymmetry: Non-State Actors and Mass Casualty Terrorism 5. The New Indeterminacy of Deterrence and Missile Defence 6. United States Nuclear Strategy in the Twenty First Century7. A Few Speculations on Russia's Deterrence Policy 8. Redefining Strategic Stability in a Changing World: A Chinese View 9. France, the United Kingdon and Deterrence in the Twenty First Century 10. Positions on Deterrence in a Non-WMD Country: The Case of Germany 11. Regional Dynamics and Deterrence: South Asia (1) 12. Regional Dynamics and Deterrence: South Asia (2) 13. Regional Dynamics and Deterrence: The Middle East Conclusions