International Conflict: Logic and Evidence is based on the premise that proper understanding of international conflict - a necessary prerequisite for achieving peace - can come only from logic and evidence, not from opinion and anecdote. This groundbreaking book introduces students to international conflict's key theories and empirical research. Throughout the text, author Stephen L. Quackenbush gives examples that enable readers to see the theory in real-world events, and provides the data from the most recent research. Covering the entire process of interstate war, from causes of conflict to escalation, conduct, resolution, and recurrence, the book provides readers with a fascinating, thorough study that will help them understand how international conflict works.
Chapter 8: Deterrence
The Soviet freighter Anosov, rear, is escorted by a US Navy P-3 Orion patrol aircraft and the destroyer USS Barry while it leaves Cuba, probably loaded with missiles under the canvas cover seen on deck. The Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962 was one of the most important examples of immediate deterrence.
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[Page 171]When people think about deterrence, they tend to think about nuclear weapons or crises. At first glance, each reaction seems perfectly justified. After all, although World War II resulted in more casualties than all other modern interstate wars put together, the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in August 1945 introduced an unprecedented level of destructive power. The bomb dropped on ...