July 31, 2015

Nuclear Deterrence Theory and Nuclear Deterrence Myth

Professor John Vasquez discusses the intellectual origins of nuclear deterrence theory and assesses whether nuclear deterrence can be said to have succeeded in preventing nuclear war during the Cold War period.


*note: this video presents materials that are part of the ACDIS Focal Point graduate seminar course, fall 2009, on "Science, Technology, and Security: New Institutions to Manage Global Security in the 21st Century."


Video length: 75 mins. 27 secs.

Topics include: nuclear deterrence theory; US-Soviet Cold War relations; Herman Kahn (On Thermonuclear War); Thomas Schelling (The Strategy of Conflict); Bernard Brodie (Strategy in the Missile Age)


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