Same As It Ever Was: Nuclear Alarmism, Proliferation, and the Cold War

  title={Same As It Ever Was: Nuclear Alarmism, Proliferation, and the Cold War},
  author={Francis James Gavin},
  journal={International Security},
  • F. Gavin
  • Published 7 January 2010
  • Political Science
  • International Security
A widely held and largely unchallenged view among many scholars and policymakers is that nuclear proliferation is the gravest threat facing the United States today, that it is more dangerous than ever, and that few meaningful lessons can be drawn from the nuclear history of a supposed simpler and more predictable period, the Cold War. This view, labeled nuclear alarmism, is based on four myths about the history of the nuclear age. First, today's nuclear threats are new and more dangerous than… 
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