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The Second Nuclear Age

Colin S. Gray
 
ISBN: 978-1-55587-331-8
$45.00
1999/194 pages/LC: 99-35633

"Gray's work offers fascinating insight and information.... The Second Nuclear Age is a good primer for reconsidering U.S. nuclear strategy."—Gregory Paul Domin, American Political Science Review

"Although short in length, [The Second Nuclear Age] packs plenty of punch: Gray is characteristically thought-provoking and engaging even when the reader is in strong disagreement."—Parameters

DESCRIPTION

Colin Gray returns nuclear weapons to the center stage of international politics.

Taking issue with the complacent belief that a happy mixture of deterrence, arms control, and luck will enable humanity to cope adequately with weapons of mass destruction (WMD), Gray argues that the risk posed by WMD is ever more serious. Policy that ignores the present nuclear age, he cautions, is policy that ignores reality.

Gray's iconoclastic analysis, which includes a rigorous examination of the major policy and conceptual issues associated with WMD, criticizes traditional approaches to nonproliferation and challenges both the aspiration to "abolish" or "marginalize" nuclear weapons and the idea that there is a "nuclear taboo" in universal operation. The Second Nuclear Age dares to specify the policy merit in nuclear weapons today.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Colin S. Gray is professor of international politics and director of the Center for Security Studies, University of Hull (U.K.). He has been an adviser on nuclear policy to four U.S. administrations and served recently on the Panel of Experts for the British Labour Government's Strategic Defence Review.

CONTENTS

  • Nuclear Problem, Nuclear Condition.
  • The Second Nuclear Age: The Hunt for Political Context.
  • Beyond the Fuel Cycle: Strategy and the Proliferation Puzzle.
  • To Confuse Ourselves: Nuclear Fallacies.
  • Nuclear Strategy.
  • Coping with a Nuclear Future.