Second Nuclear Age
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Description: The cold war ended more than two decades ago, and with its end came a reduction in the threat of nuclear weapons-a luxury that we can no longer indulge. It's not just the threat of Iran getting the bomb or North Korea doing something rash; the whole complexion of global power politics is changing because of the reemergence of nuclear weapons as a vital element of statecraft and power politics. In short, we have entered the second nuclear age. In this provocative and agenda-setting book, Paul Bracken of Yale University argues that we need to pay renewed attention to nuclear weapons and how their presence will transform the way crises develop and escalate. He draws on his years of experience analyzing defense strategy to make the case that the United States needs to start thinking seriously about these issues once again, especially as new countries acquire nuclear capabilities. He walks us through war-game scenarios that are all too realistic, to show how nuclear weapons are changing the calculus of power politics, and he offers an incisive tour of the Middle East, South Asia, and East Asia to underscore how the United States must not allow itself to be unprepared for managing such crises. Frank in its tone and farsighted in its analysis, The Second Nuclear Age is the essential guide to the new rules of international politics.
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List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 11/26/2013
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
|Introduction: The Bomb Returns for a Second Act|
|A Most Useful Weapon|
|Lessons of the First Nuclear Age|
|The New Power Politics|
|The New Logic of Armageddon|
|The Middle East|
|The Way Forward|
|Have We Forgotten Too Much?|
|A Fifty-Year Problem|
|Conclusion: The Maturing Second Nuclear Age|
|Afterword to the Paperback Edition|
|A Note on Sources|