Assurance and US extended deterrence in NATO

  title={Assurance and US extended deterrence in NATO},
  author={David S. Yost},
  journal={International Affairs},
  • David S. Yost
  • Published 1 July 2009
  • Political Science
  • International Affairs
Historically the NATO allies have focused considerable attention on US ‘extended deterrence’— that is, the extension by Washington of an umbrella of protection, sometimes called a ‘nuclear guarantee’. A persisting requirement has been to provide the allies with assurance about the reliability and credibility of this protection. This article examines the definition of ‘assurance’ used by the US Department of Defense for most of the past decade and argues that it has drawn attention to long… 
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