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Chapter 4: Nuclear Strategy: Understanding the Madness

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Nuclear Strategy: Understanding the Madness
Nuclear Strategy: Understanding the Madness
  • Nuclear deterrence and the security dilemma
  • Mutual assured destruction (MAD)
  • Posture, targeting and extended nuclear deterrence
  • Escalation and nuclear war
  • Key points and guide to further reading and resources

A fascinating aspect of the atomic age is that while nuclear-capable states have been keen to build ever-greater numbers of increasingly powerful nuclear weapons – especially the United States and ...

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