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Nuclear Weapons into the 21 st Century

Current Trends and Future Prospects

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Joachim Krause and Andreas Wenger

With the end of the Cold War, many observers had expressed the hope that the role of nuclear weapons in shaping the international system and global and regional orders might become less relevant. Yet, more than a decade after the end of the Cold War, nuclear weapons still have major relevance in world politics. The consensus on how best to ensure global stability no longer exists. As a result, the global arms control and non-proliferation regimes are widely perceived to be in a state of crisis. It is against this backdrop that this book addresses the future role of nuclear weapons, considering the following four areas: the characterization and transcendence of the impasse in arms control; the role of nuclear weapons in strategic thinking and military doctrines; the impact of nuclear weapons on regional balances; and the present challenges and future prospects of nuclear non-proliferation.
Contents: Joachim Krause: The Crisis in Nuclear Arms Control – Morten Bremer Maerli: Managing Excess Nuclear Materials in Russia – Tom Sauer: The Role of Nuclear Weapons in Strategic Thinking and Military Doctrines in the 1990s: the United States – Josefine Wallat: The Role of Nuclear Weapons in Strategic Thinking and Military Doctrines: Russia – Simone Wisotzki: Nuclear Weapons Policy in Britain and France: Strategic Thinking and Disarmament – Zheng Wang: The Role of Nuclear Weapons in Strategic Thinking and Military Doctrines: China – Bhashyam Kasturi: The Role of Nuclear Weapons in Strategic Thinking and Military Doctrines: India – Moonis Ahmar: Nuclear Weapons and Regional Security: A Case Study of South Asia – Satu P. Limaye: Nuclear Weapons and Regional Security in East Asia – Thanos P. Dokos: The Future of the Global Consensus on Nuclear Non-proliferation: Can the NPT be Kept Together Without the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons? – Nicolas Kasprzyk: Nuclear Non-proliferation and Regional Changing Strategic Balances: How Much Will Regional Proliferation Impinge Upon the Future of the NPT?