Deterrence in the Second Nuclear Age
The fundamental problem with deterrence theory is that is posits a rational—hence predictable—opponent. History frequently demonstrates the opposite. Payne argues that as the one remaining superpower, the United States needs to be more flexible in its approach to regional powers.
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"Perhaps the best critique of proliferation is to be found in Deterrence in the Second Nuclear Age , even though Keith Payne does not write directly about the subject. Payne argues that, in what he calls 'the second nuclear age,' the character of deterrence has changed. More important still, he offers some tentative steps toward developing effective deterrence policies for this new era."—Orbis
"Masterful analysis."—Airpower Journal
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