Nuclear Deterrence in the 21st Century: Lessons from the Cold War for a New Era of Strategic Piracy

Nuclear Deterrence in the 21st Century: Lessons from the Cold War for a New Era of Strategic Piracy

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Deterrence remains a primary doctrine for dealing with the threat of nuclear weapons in the 21st century. The author reviews the history of nuclear deterrence and calls for a renewed intellectual effort to address the relevance of concepts such as first strike, escalation, extended deterrence, and other Cold War–era strategies in today's complex world of additional superpowers, smaller nuclear powers, and nonstate actors.