Nuclear Deterrence

Questions to be answered in this lecture:

  • Why examining nuclear deterrence is necessary?
  • What can be learned from the military efforts at deterrence during WWII?
  • What were the first thoughts on nuclear deterrence?
  • What does creating and maintaining a robust nuclear deterrent force require?
  • How sound are the most popular current views on deterrence and the first use of nuclear arms?

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Lecture:  Primer, presentation slides, and video.
Readings:  Required and recommended readings.
Exam: Questions on lecture and reading materials.