Search: Nuclear deterrence (9 materials)

U.S. Recent Plans in National Air Defense: The East Asia Dimension

... on fixed land-based, sea-based, and mobile land-based components. Back in 2012, a number of U.S. policymakers mentioned the Pentagon’s desire to create a broad regional missile defense infrastructure in Asia Pacific to meet the country’s unique nuclear deterrence needs [ 5 ]. Notably, no country of East Asia, in whole or in part, has ever expressed its intentions to unprovokedly attack American bases, much less the territory of the United States. Pyongyang’s statements about “striking a ...


Escalation Signaling in Ukraine and Its Implications for the Strategic Russia-US Relationship

... action as escalatory. In the Kinzhal case, Russia attempted escalation control through deliberate allusion to the nuclear option, despite statements of its leadership against nuclear use in Ukraine. While there remains a conceptual difference between nuclear deterrence and nuclear use, this may still contribute to a conflation of conventional and nuclear stakes in the conflict, increasing the risks of the signals being misunderstood in the U.S. Further, it is likely to further complicate Russia’s ...


Nuclear Metamorphoses

... states, [ 2 ] not to mention the libraries of scientific and political literature on the subject. Nevertheless, these mottoes are by no means as unambiguous as they seem. On the contrary, they are literally woven of contradictions, while the notion of nuclear deterrence—depending on its interpretation by politicians, military, and civilian experts, not to mention the media—undergoes transformations that would have driven crazy the great Publius Ovid, an ancient Roman poet with his immortal Metamorphoses ...


Predicting a Tripolar Nuclear World: Where Does the United States Fit In?

Policy Brief #44 / 2022 Policy Brief #44 / 2022 In October 2022, Joseph Biden’s administration published the new U.S. Nuclear Posture Review (NPR-2022) as part of a single National Defense Strategy (NDS-2022) package along with the Missile Defense Review (MDR-2022). The previous Nuclear Posture Review appeared in February 2018 during Donald Trump’s presidency. One of the key functions of any publicly available strategic document is to deliver information to other states – both friendly and hostile...


Expert Opinions on Russia’s Basic Nuclear Deterrence Principles

June 2020 will go down in the history of Russia’s approaches to nuclear deterrence and nuclear weapons in general June 2020 will go down in the history of Russia’s approaches to nuclear deterrence and nuclear weapons in general. This is largely connected with the unprecedented release of the document Basic Principles ...


Macron’s Security Ambitions and Russia

... Europe to improve. His ambition for the EU is to develop an international arms control agenda in view of the potential return of military and nuclear competition by 2021 as the future of a New START Treaty also remains unclear. Obviously, France’s nuclear deterrence – especially after Brexit was concluded in January 2020 – adds to its gravitas at the EU level. Macron’s phrase that ‘the vital interests of France now have a European dimension’ opens the door. Interesting as they are, the ...


The British Nuclear Trident

Of all the “official” nuclear powers, the UK arguably displays the most peculiar approach to nuclear deterrence Of all the “official” nuclear powers (Russia, the US, France, the UK, China), the UK arguably displays the most peculiar approach to nuclear deterrence. Here, we will outline the most salient details, assess the prospects, and ...


Not-so-Nuclear War

... between 5 and 7 kt. According to official explanations, up to and including those contained in the new nuclear doctrine [ 1 ], the United States intends to use the weapon to give additional stability and flexibility to its regional (not strategic!) nuclear deterrence. The idea is that the number of such missiles will be limited, because they are intended for fairly specific purposes. The U.S. military had long sought permission for low-yield nuclear weapons from the White House, arguing that the ...


Theorising on the Causes of Nuclear Weapons Proliferation

Despite the degree of uniqueness stemming from its particular specifics, each case of nuclear weapons proliferation also exemplifies one or more of the five main determinants of a state’s decision to acquire nuclear weapons that have been identified in the relevant literature: security, domestic politics, norms, technology and economics. While recognising the complexity of multi-causality, I would argue that a careful analysis of existing cases leads to sufficient explanations about the general...


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