Alternative Nuclear Futures: The Role of Nuclear Weapons in the Post-Cold War World

Hardcover | January 6, 2000

EditorJohn Baylis, Robert ONeill

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A major debate has emerged in recent years, which centres on the future role of nuclear weapons in world politics. Focusing attention to the role of nuclear weapons in the post-cold war world, the book argues that unlike the debates which emerged during the cold war period, the contemporarydebate has taken place largely in private, with only limited involvement by the general public. What is also significant is the traditional 'left-wing' versus Establishment divide has also largely disappeared. Furthermore, a growing number of senior military and defence officials and governmentsallied with the United States, openly advocate the abolition of nuclear weapons. One of the features of the post-cold war debate is that statesman and scholars alike have begun to think the unthinkable-to consider the possibility of reducing the size of nuclear arsenals, and eventually forabolishing them completely. Contributions from leading academics highlight the key themes that have emerged in this debate. The book aims to generate a wider debate about a subject which, despite the changes that have taken place over the last two decades, continues to be of supreme importance.

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A major debate has emerged in recent years, which centres on the future role of nuclear weapons in world politics. Focusing attention to the role of nuclear weapons in the post-cold war world, the book argues that unlike the debates which emerged during the cold war period, the contemporarydebate has taken place largely in private, wit...

John Baylis is a Professor and Dean of Economics and Social Studies at University of Wales. Robert O'Neill is a Chichele Professor of History of War at All Souls College, Oxford.
Format:HardcoverPublished:January 6, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019829624X

ISBN - 13:9780198296249

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Table of Contents

John Baylis and Robert ONeill: Preface: The Contemporary Debate about Nuclear Weapons1. Colin Gray: To Confuse Ourselves: Nuclear Fallacies2. George Quester: The Unavoidable Importance of Nuclear Weapons3. Michael Quinlan: Aspiration, Realism and Practical Policy4. Lawrence Freedman: Eliminators, Marginalists and the Politics of Disarmament5. John Baylis: Nuclear Weapons, Prudence and Morality: The Search for a# Third Way6. Efraim Karsh: Nuclear Weapons and the Post-Cold War Middle East: Business as Usual7. Ramesh Thakur: The South Asian Nuclear Challenge8. Harald Muller: Nuclear Disarmament: The Case for Incrimentalism9. Michael McGwire: The Elimination of Nuclear Weapons10. Robert McNamara: Reflecting on War in the 21st Century: The Context for Nuclear Abolition11. Lee Butler: At the End of a Journey: The Risks of Cold War Thinking in a New Era12. Robert ONeill: Weapons of the Under DogWalter B. Slocombe: Appendix 1: Prepared Statement on the Future of Nuclear DeterrenceInternational Court of Justice, The Hague: Appendix 2: Legality of the use by a State of Nuclear Weapons in Armed ConfictMichael Quinlan: Appendix 3: 1996 Pronouncement on Nuclear WeaponsCanberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons: Appendix 4: Executive Summary

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"This is a very important book, peculiarly apt for the new millennium...The authors are all world-class experts on nuclear weapons, and on the ramifications of nuclear politics, nuclear strategy and nuclear dangers." The Tablet, 11/03/2000, Brian Wicker