The Quirks of Nuclear Deterrence

@article{Brown2010TheQO,
  title={The Quirks of Nuclear Deterrence},
  author={Andrew Brown and L. Arnold},
  journal={International Relations},
  year={2010},
  volume={24},
  pages={293 - 312}
}
From 1945 to 1949 the USA was the world’s only nuclear power. Although the nuclear arsenal was overestimated both in terms of size and readiness by the US military in its war plans, atom bombs came to be seen as the essential counter to conventional Soviet forces. The USSR constructed its own bombs in turn, and for decades the analysis of nuclear deterrence was almost exclusively concerned with the two superpowers. In the twenty-first century, the nuclear world no longer displays that mirror… Expand

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