Nuclear Deterrence in the 21st Century: Lessons from the Cold War for a New Era of Strategic Piracy

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Advance Praise for Nuclear Deterrence in the 21st Century

The emergence of new nuclear weapons states is one of the most important national
security challenges for the United States in the coming years. Unfortunately the
serious study of nuclear strategy and deterrence has atrophied since the end of the
Cold War. How fortunate, as a result, that the late Thérèse Delpech, one of the
most thorough and tough-minded thinkers on the subject, has bequeathed us this
wonderful monograph. Thérèse’s laser-like logic is applied to the founding fathers
of nuclear strategy, the concepts they developed and their relevance to today’s
world where many of the rules of the international game are changing and global
politics (as she has written elsewhere) have become more “savage.” Delpech, whose
untimely passing was a great loss to the transatlantic strategic studies community,
has left this book as her legacy and a powerful one it is.

Ambassador Eric S. Edelman, Hertog Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at
the School of Advanced International Studies at

Johns Hopkins University; Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
(2005–2009); and former U.S. Ambassador to the
Republics of Finland and Turkey

This posthumous publication is a fitting exclamation point to a career defined by
intellectual courage, policy vision, and deep conviction about the requirements of
a democratic peace in the nuclear era. In particularly compelling terms, Thérèse
Delpech conveys a sense of urgency about nuclear deterrence and nuclear order in
the 21st century not felt by most Americans. That urgency follows from her assess-
ment that a second nuclear era is now upon us, one characterized by mounting
violence worldwide, a growing disrespect for accepted rules of behavior and for
international law, and the rising salience of nuclear weapons in many parts of the
world. In contrast, she notes “nuclear deterrence has receded in American minds
as well as in European capitals.” She prescribes a dose of realism and offers it in
the form of a careful sifting of the theories and practices of the first nuclear age
for their relevance to the second. The result is a powerful picture of the mismatch
between emergent challenges and the universe of ideas that inform policy. This
work invites a new discussion about how best to secure nuclear order in a changed
and changing world.

Dr. Brad Roberts

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Advance Praise for Nuclear Deterrence in the 21st Century i
  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword vii
  • Contents ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Chapter One - Introduction 1
  • Chapter Two - Why Is This Subject Important? 9
  • Chapter Three - Concepts 23
  • Chapter Four - Lessons from Crises 61
  • Chapter Five - The Age of Small Powers 93
  • Chapter Six - Ahead of Us- The Big Piracy Game? 115
  • Chapter Seven - Space and Cyberdeterrence 141
  • Conclusion 159
  • References 165
  • About the Author 181
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