Making Sense of Nuclear Deterrence in the Post-Cold War Era: A Formal Approach
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The dramatic shift in the global security environment that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War has been attended by an explosion of terms in the vocabulary of nuclear deterrence. During the Cold War, nuclear deterrence focused almost exclusively on deterring the Soviet Union from using nuclear weapons. In contrast, the current international environment demands equal attention be given to reducing the threat of the spread of nuclear materials, weapons, and weapons technology (Bunn 2007; DoD 2006; McKenna 2008; Payne 2000; Pilat 2009). Unfortunately, while many of the newly coined terms capture important nuances, they appear unconnected to each other, thereby discouraging analysts and scholars from seriously considering any insights they might contain.