PS 7- Nuclear Deterrence

PS 7- Nuclear Deterrence - Freedom Fighters The use of...

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Freedom Fighters The use of terrorist tactics Goals Means November 2, 2009 Nuclear Deterrence Theory: Deterrence Discouraging/preventing an action Maintaining the status quo through coercion Significance: if you deter well then you can avoid war. Deterrence is achieved in one of two ways Preventing it from happening (defense) Punishing the offender The Nuclear Revolution Highly destructive (mass causalities) Highly effective (bypass armies) The Second Nuclear Revolution: Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD): no ability to either state to decapitate or achieve victory through a first strike. Leads to weapons hitting high value target areas large cities, capitals. AKA, the “Balance of Terror” Optimists vs. Pessimists: Optimists The Cold War/The Long Peace (Waltz) “More may be better”-fewer wars Pessimists Safety Accidents Inadvertent war Moral/ethical issues: Geneva Convention attacking citizens. Stability-Instability Paradox MAD holds, insure second strike capability. Nukes won’t be used again conventional warfare. Nuclear stability can create instability
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This note was uploaded on 09/06/2011 for the course POL SCI 7 taught by Professor Reyes during the Spring '11 term at UCSB.

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