Magazine article Arms Control Today

The New Nuclear Disorder: Challenges to Deterrence and Strategy

Magazine article Arms Control Today

The New Nuclear Disorder: Challenges to Deterrence and Strategy

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Stephen J. Cimbala, Ashgate Publishing Company, 2015, 254 pp.

In this book on nuclear strategy, arms control, and nonproliferation in the 21st century, Stephen J. Cimbala writes that although some observers had forecast that the end of the Cold War would greatly reduce the importance of nuclear weapons, U.S. conventional dominance has prompted potential adversaries to "seek offsets, and one of these offsets is [weapons of mass destruction], including the possession of nuclear weapons." Cimbala, distinguished professor of political science at Penn State Brandywine, says that, in addition to the threat posed by the potential terrorist acquisition of nonconventional weapons, the United States has been "forced to confront evident nuclear proliferation in North Korea and the possibility of nuclear weapons spread to Iran." He warns that the potential failure to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and reverse North Korea's nuclear advances could increase the likelihood that other states in the Middle East and East Asia could join the ranks of nuclear-armed states. …

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