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The Nuclear Dilemma in a Changing World. The War That Must Never Be Fought explores how nuclear deterrence should be understood seventy years after the first nuclear tests.
These essays, edited by George P. Shultz and James E. Goodby, challenge outdated deterrence theories and show a clear need to re-examine notions from the Cold War that no longer fit present circumstances.
They argue that a world without nuclear weapons is a desirable objective that is in the national security interests of the United States. The contributors examine nuclear deterrence from the vantage points of nations in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, all of which have some form of security relationship with the United States, either cooperative or competitive.
They explain, for instance, why agreement by Poland and Germany on nuclear deterrence and nuclear arms control is necessary if Europeans are to be proactive in reducing nuclear weapons in Europe and.
They explore the strategic views, and resulting nuclear policies, of India and Pakistan to determine the possibilities for decoupling nuclear weapons from deterrence.
They also tell why successfully reducing and ultimately eliminating the nuclear threat must be based on a combination of regional and global joint enterprises.
The authors conclude with suggestions that might lead to a successful joint enterprise on security among the world's nuclear powers.
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