The Second Nuclear Age

The Second Nuclear Age

Strategy, Danger, and the New Power Politics

Book - 2012
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A leading international security strategist offers a compelling new way to "think about the unthinkable."

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 toorealistic, 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.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805094305
080509430X
Branch Call Number: History 327.112 Bra

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Feb 24, 2013

“We should not wait for the first nuclear crisis of this century to start thinking about what to do…” Admiral Mike Mullen, USN, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Middle East, South Asia, & East Asia – Israel, Pakistan, India, China, Great Britain, France, China, Russia, & U.S. have the nuclear bomb with Iran in pursuit. Should the U.S. add Japan to the nuclear age?

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