Deterrence in the Twenty-first Century

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Deterrence in the twenty-first century - Air University Press

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• Nonproliferation treaties need teeth. Absent punitive measures,

they are unlikely to be effective.

• Formal statements of US desires may be as effective as a

formal treaty.

• A long and unpopular Iraq war is less effective in deterring

future proliferation than a short war may have been.

• Cyber should be included in WMD discussions because of

its potential to cause mass casualties and economic loss.

• Current adversaries should be attributed with the same

seriousness and rationality that was once attributed to the

Soviet Union.

• In the end, proliferation will not be stopped. Deterring the use

of WMD may be the most effective approach to this problem.

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