Nuclear Deterrence in the Twentieth Century: The Impact of Atomic Weapons on Conflict Between Interstate Dyads

Author: Pasley, James F.
Year:2010
Pages:132
ISBN:0-7734-3706-1
978-0-7734-3706-7
Price:139.95
This work offers both qualitative and quantitative analyses of how the presence of
nuclear weapons effects conflict escalation rates among international states. The
qualitative section of the book focuses on the volatile Indo-Pakistani relationship and clearly demonstrates that the addition of nuclear weapons has served to retard conflict escalation between the two.

Reviews

“This text is a fascinating analysis of the role nuclear weapons play in interstate dyads. While it correctly stops short of endorsing nuclear proliferation, it does show that the presence of nuclear weapons in interstate conflict dyads might not be as dark a prospect as one might believe.” - Prof. Eugene R. Wittkopf Louisiana State University

“. . .[an] interesting and solid study. . . . This work adds to scholarship in the field of international relations by lending strong support to the theoretical work done by nuclear optimists.” - Prof. Nicholas C. Long Northwestern State University

Table of Contents

FOREWORD by Eugene R. Wittkopf
CHAPTER 1
INTRODUCTION: THE THREAT AND PROMISE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
2 CRISIS AND NUCLEAR WEAPONRY
Nuclear Optimism
Pax Atomica
Crises and Nuclear Weapons
Opaque Proliferants
Games of Chicken
Conflict Escalation and Nuclear Weapons
3 THE IMPACT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS ON CONFLICT ESCALATION
Methodology
Dependent Variable: Conflict Escalation
Independent Variables
Results
Summary
4 THE NUCLEAR EVOLUTION OF THE INDO-PAKISTANI RELATIONSHIP IN JAMMU AND KASHMIR
Background: Indo-Pakistani Security Policy
Methods
Alliance Membership
Geographic Proximity
1947-48 Dispute Over Jammu and Kashmir
1965 Dispute Over Jammu and Kashmir
1990 Dispute Over Jammu and Kashmir
1999 Dispute Over Jammu and Kashmir
Alternate Explanations for De-escalations
Results
Prospects for Nuclear Reversal
Conclusion
5 US NUCLEAR POLICY AND THE FUTURE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
US Policy Towards Nuclear Weapons
The Future of Nuclear Weapons
RMA
Precision Strike and Delivery
Information Warfare
Robotics and Nanotechnology
Space Technology
Time’s Arrow
6 CONCLUSION
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX