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Title: Introduction : investigating nuclear weapons in a New Era 
Author: Alagappa, Muthiah
Date: 2008
Publisher: Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press
Citation: Alagappa, Muthiah. 2008. Introduction: investigating nuclear weapons in a New Era.In The long shadow, ed. Muthiah Alagappa, 1-36. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press.
Abstract: Leaders and governments in nuclear weapon states, their allies, and aspirants to the nuclear club believe that their nuclear forces or those of their allies can advance national security by providing a capability to counter specific threats; to achieve certain policy priorities; to demonstrate national power; to preserve freedom of action; or as insurance against uncertainty and risks in a changing international environment. Nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, and strategic defense have entered or reentered the security thinking of the old, new, and prospective nuclear weapon states and their allies in a fundamentally different strategic environment and in a nuclear era that is substantially different from that of the Cold War. This study investigates the purposes and roles of nuclear weapons in the new security environment, the nature and content of the national nuclear strategies of relevant states, and their implications for international security and stability in the new era with the focus on the Asian security region. The latter is now a core world region and could become the geopolitical center of the world in the twenty-first century.
Pages/Duration: p. 1-36 pages
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/8416
Rights: From The Long Shadow, Nuclear Weapons and Security in 21st Century Asia edited by Muthiah Alagappa, (c) 2008 by the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Jr. University, all rights reserved. Posted by permission of the publisher, Stanford University Press, www.sup.org. No reproduction, distribution or further use is allowed without the prior written permission of the publisher.
LC Subject Headings: Nuclear weapons - Asia
National security - Asia
Security, International - Asia

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