The Second Nuclear Age

  • Lawrence FreedmanEmail author
  • Jeffrey Michaels


The disarmament movement represented one stream of thought that took off in the aftermath of the Cold War. It pushed hard to deny claims that nuclear deterrence added value, insisting instead that it added only to international distrust and threatened catastrophe. An alternative stream of thought noted that a nuclear free world might work to the advantage of the Western powers but understood from the start that this was one reason why it might never happen. Members of this school never doubted the utility of nuclear weapons as a source of security, especially for those who might otherwise feel themselves to be at a strategic disadvantage.

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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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