The Fallacies Of Cold War Deterrence And A New Direction by Keith B. PayneThe Fallacies Of Cold War Deterrence And A New Direction by Keith B. Payne

The Fallacies Of Cold War Deterrence And A New Direction

byKeith B. Payne

Paperback | June 1, 2001

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In 1938, Britain's policy of appeasement toward the Third Reich was doomed because British leaders greatly misjudged Hitler's basic beliefs and thus also his behavior. Confident expectations -- built on hope instead of evidence -- were far out of line with reality.

U.S. Cold War nuclear deterrence policy was similarly based on the mistaken assumption that Soviet leaders would be reasonable by Washington's standards. Keith B. Payne addresses the question of whether this assumption is adequate for the post-Cold War period. Using historical cases as evidence, and examples such as a U.S.-Chinese crisis over Taiwan, he proposes that U.S. policymakers should move away from the assumption that our opponents are predictable by the standards of our own culture. If we are to avoid possibly disastrous failures of deterrence, he argues, we should examine closely particular opponents' culture and beliefs to better anticipate their likely responses to U.S. deterrence threats.

Title:The Fallacies Of Cold War Deterrence And A New DirectionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:9.16 × 6.02 × 0.72 inPublished:June 1, 2001Publisher:University Press Of KentuckyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813190150

ISBN - 13:9780813190150

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