A Nuclear Response to Nuclear Terror: Ref lections of Nuclear Preemption

  title={A Nuclear Response to Nuclear Terror: Ref lections of Nuclear Preemption},
  author={Andrei Afanas’evich Kokoshin},
  journal={The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science},
  pages={59 - 63}
  • A. Kokoshin
  • Published 2006
  • Political Science
  • The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
The threat of nuclear terrorism in the United States has led its leadership to contemplate an extreme military response—namely, nuclear preemption. To some preemption proponents, nuclear weapons are no longer considered the option of last resort. This article argues that reducing the nuclear threshold for some international actors and not others is perhaps just as dangerous as the proliferation the nuclear preemption doctrine is trying counter. The nuclear “taboo” has once again ceased to exist… Expand
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