The Strategy of Stable Conflict

  • Lawrence FreedmanEmail author
  • Jeffrey Michaels


The question which dominated the work of the formal strategists was whether or not the balance of terror was really delicate and what could be done to stabilize it. A delicate balance would demand hair-triggers and cool nerves, offering the possibility of overwhelming victory or an equally overwhelming defeat. The answer to this question would have to come largely from technical considerations, concerning the feasibility of counter-force attacks and ballistic missile defence.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of War StudiesKing’s College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Defence StudiesKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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