NATO and Nuclear Weapons — An Introduction to Some Historical and Current Issues
Since the European revolutions of 1989–91 the meaning of nuclear weapons in international relations has changed. Familiar cold war issues have been replaced by a remote set of threats. Analytical frameworks for explaining the world of MAD (mutually assured destruction) have become largely redundant. Many political leaders, both in the “defense camp” and in the “peace movements”, have lost their career-defining issues. In the world of strategic studies the same is true for the “whizzards of Armageddon” (Fred Kaplan).
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