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Thinking About Nuclear Weapons (WHP 41)

An account of working concepts about what nuclear weapons mean for security policy.

Chapter 1 sets out the basic transformation which nuclear weapons have imposed upon warfare between major developed states Chapter 2 outlines the concept of deterrence for preventing the initiation of such warfare, and the doctrines for nuclear weapons which NATO progressively developed to help make deterrence work Chapter 3 reviews the risks and costs of security policies involving nuclear weapons, and surveys some of the ideas—good and bad—put forward for managing those

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