The MAD Who Wasn't There: Soviet Reactions to the Late Cold War Nuclear Balance

  title={The MAD Who Wasn't There: Soviet Reactions to the Late Cold War Nuclear Balance},
  author={Brendan Rittenhouse Green and Austin Long},
  journal={Security Studies},
  pages={606 - 641}
ABSTRACT What do nuclear weapons mean for the stability of the military balance? Mutually assured destruction (MAD) describes a stalemated balance of power where nuclear adversaries possess survivable retaliatory capabilities that ensure neither side can escape devastation in an all-out nuclear war. Moreover, the strong form of this empirical claim, which one might term “deep MAD,” is that mutual vulnerability is an inalterable and unchangeable condition. Drawing from recently declassified… 
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