Thinking About Nuclear Weapons: Principles, Problems, Prospects

Thinking About Nuclear Weapons: Principles, Problems, Prospects

Michael Quinlan


The booklet displays the author's event throughout greater than 40 years in assessing and forming coverage approximately nuclear guns, usually at senior degrees as regards to the centre either one of British governmental decision-making and of NATO's improvement of plans and deployments, with a lot interplay additionally with related degrees of usa task within the Pentagon and the country division. half I of the e-book seeks to distill, from this extraordinary history of useful adventure, simple conceptual methods of knowing the revolution led to via nuclear guns. It additionally surveys NATO's innovative improvement of wondering nuclear deterrence, after which discusses the deep ethical dilemmas posed - for all attainable standpoints - by way of the lifestyles of such guns. half II considers the hazards and prices of nuclear-weapon ownership, together with proliferation hazards, and appears at either winning and unsuccessful principles approximately easy methods to deal with them. half III illustrates particular matters through reviewing the background and present regulations of 1 usual possessor, the uk, and newer ones, India and Pakistan. half IV turns to the longer term, examines the objective of finally abolishing all nuclear armouries, after which discusses the sensible schedule, wanting one of these target, which governments can usefully take on in lowering the dangers of proliferation and different hazards whereas now not surrendering in advance the war-prevention advantages which nuclear guns have introduced considering 1945.

This booklet is a undertaking of the Oxford Leverhulme Programme at the altering personality of battle.

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