© 2002

Concepts of Non-Provocative Defence

Ideas and Practices in International Security


Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Geoffrey Wiseman
      Pages 3-12
    3. Geoffrey Wiseman
      Pages 13-25
    4. Geoffrey Wiseman
      Pages 26-45
  3. The Rise of Non-Provocative Defence

  4. The Decline of Non-Provocative Defence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Geoffrey Wiseman
      Pages 109-138
    3. Geoffrey Wiseman
      Pages 165-196
  5. The Future of Non-Provocative Defence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 228-293

About this book


This book examines the viability of non-provocative defence - the controversial idea that defensive military policies and practices reduce the risk of wars and provide a viable basis for defending a society should war break out. Drawing on case studies from Europe, the 1991 Persian Gulf War, and Asia-Pacific, the author concludes that non-provocative defence concepts remain relevant and that they can help in deterring, conducting, and settling wars.


Cold War Europe Gulf War

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of International RelationsUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

About the authors

GEOFFREY WISEMAN teaches diplomacy and international security in the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Bibliographic information