Concepts of Non-Provocative Defence

Ideas and Practices in International Security

  • Geoffrey Wiseman

Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Geoffrey Wiseman
      Pages 3-12
    3. Geoffrey Wiseman
      Pages 13-25
    4. Geoffrey Wiseman
      Pages 26-45
  3. The Rise of Non-Provocative Defence

  4. The Decline of Non-Provocative Defence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Geoffrey Wiseman
      Pages 109-138
    3. Geoffrey Wiseman
      Pages 165-196
  5. The Future of Non-Provocative Defence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 228-293

About this book


This book examines the viability of non-provocative defence - the controversial idea that defensive military policies and practices reduce the risk of wars and provide a viable basis for defending a society should war break out. Drawing on case studies from Europe, the 1991 Persian Gulf War, and Asia-Pacific, the author concludes that non-provocative defence concepts remain relevant and that they can help in deterring, conducting, and settling wars.


Cold War Europe Gulf War

Authors and affiliations

  • Geoffrey Wiseman
    • 1
  1. 1.School of International RelationsUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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