Nuclear Deterrence Readings

Required Readings

  • Sir Michael Quinlin, Easements and Escape Routes, in Thinking About Nuclear Weapons (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009): 99-104. Password Protected PDF

Recommended Readings

First Thoughts on Nuclear Deterrence

  • J. Franck, et al. “The Franck Report,” reprinted in Alice Kimball Smith, A Peril and a Hope (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1965), 560-565. Password Protected PDF
  • Dexter Masters and Katherine Way, ed., One World or None. (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1946). Password Protected PDF
  • National Committee on Atomic Information, “One World or None,” filmed 1946, YouTube video, posted by FA Scientists, 9:12, posted August 5, 2013.
  • Louis N. Ridenour, “There is No Defense,” in One World or None, ed. Dexter Masters and Katherine Way (New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1946). Password Protected PDF
  • Alice Kimball Smith, A Peril and a Hope: The Scientists’ Movement in America, 1945-47 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1965).

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  • Jacob Viner, “The Implications of the Atomic Bomb for International Relations,” in Symposium on Atomic Energy and its Implications: Papers read at the joint meeting of the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Sciences, November 16 and 17, 1945 (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1946). Password Protected PDF

Robust Nuclear Deterrence: Requirements and Practice

  • Glenn H. Snyder, ‘‘Deterrence and Defense,’’ reprinted in Robert J. Art and Kenneth N. Waltz, eds., The Use of Force: International Politics and Foreign Policy (New York: University Press of America, 1983), 56-76. Password Protected PDF
  • Albert Wohlstetter, Fred S. Hoffman, Robert J. Lutz and Henry S. Rowen, Selection of Strategic Air Bases, special staff report R-244-S (Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, March 1, 1953), and special staff report R-266 (Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, April 1954).

Origins of “Finite Deterrence”

Proliferation:  A Plus or Minus for Deterrence?

Accidents and Illicit Use

Tactical Nuclear Weapons and First Use

  • Sir Michael Quinlin, “Easements and Escape Routes,” in Thinking About Nuclear Weapons (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009): 99-111. Password Protected PDF

What Might Nuclear Deterrence Require Today?

How Effective is Nuclear Deterrence?



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