"Winnable" Nuclear War: An Examination of Concepts Surrounding this Theory of Strategic Policy

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Political science, politics, nuclear, war, diplomacy, international relations


International Law | International Relations | Political Science | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration


It is commonly and often casually explained that the Soviet Union and the United States have between them enough nuclear weaponry to destroy the Earth many times over. Consciously or otherwise, United States citizens depend upon the good sense of our leaders in Washington, D.C. to do whatever is necessary to avoid nuclear war. Current evidence suggests, however, that rather than planning to avoid nuclear war at all costs, some of our nation's most powerful decision-makers formulate plans regarding the prospects of fighting and winning such a war. Many influential theorists argue that planning to fight and win a nuclear war will make a nuclear war less likely to occur, while other responsible theorists point out that our leaders' perceptions of a "winnable" nuclear war may make the occurrence of such a confrontation more likely. Exactly what is current strategic policy? In which direction is the United States headed regarding nuclear war, strategically and practically?

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