Can There Be a Nuclear Strategy?

  • Lawrence FreedmanEmail author
  • Jeffrey Michaels


In the introduction the question was raised of whether any useful political purpose could be served by the employment of nuclear weapons. Is a ‘nuclear strategy’ a contradiction in terms? In the earlier editions of this book it was suggested that this was the case. Certainly those constructing nuclear strategies had struggled to devise operational nuclear strategies that could meet any worthwhile political objectives. They had increasingly taken refuge in the analysis of second- and third-order issues. The actual strategies being followed drew little on their analyses but remained stuck at a resolutely first-order and visceral level.

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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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